131 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection

Jun 27, 2009 (Started Mar 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, lethargy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: depressed mood, lethargy

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 15, 2009 (Started Oct 26, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, dizziness, fever/chills, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Best advice, don't make appointments for the following day~and prepare with meals, medications, and anything that may require driving or being away from the comfort and security of your home/bed and by all means, let someone know about your schedule or changes so that they are aware to either not call or be prepared to take you to the hospital/clinic. I have not had this latter experience, but must be prepared anyway.
Side effects: tiredness, whole body ache, dizziness, flu like symptoms, joint pain, nausea, fever/chills, sensitivity of teeth, muscle aches

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 9, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, puffy lumps on thighs, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: horrible stuff
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, puffy lumps on thighs, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I REALLY do not like this medication. It makes me extremely tired, body aches are ongoing, heightened anxiety, agitation and depression. Raised lumps on the current and past injection sites with each injection when taken as Rx'd.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I am relieved that my last MRI in February has shown no active lesions....so the Avonex must be working great. I just started using prednisone --10mg 1/2 hour prior to injection and again 6 hrs after...and the effects are great! I was ready to quit the Avonex until I tried premedicating with prednisone. Sorry, but the tylenol just wasn't cutting it...but alls well now!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Feb 25, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: hate it
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: WOW...MS sucks but the treatment really bites. I hate this stuff. I'm not sure if I would rather have the flare ups or the constant side effects from the AVONEX. Either way, I'm disabled. At least with the MS, it would be only once every 1 1/2 years. With the AVONEX it's 5 out of 7 days/week. I get over the side effects just in time to take another dose. I am seriously reconsidering my choice of treatments.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Nov 19, 2009 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, fever/chills, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

  • 1 helpful mark
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