44 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection taken for the purpose of 'multiple sclerosis' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Can’t tell

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Mar 1, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: as long as insurance paid, it was easy but when my symptoms got worse, I switched to the new drug-Gilenya.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: fever

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 19, 2011 (Started Dec 24, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 6, 2011 (Started Jan 03, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: hope for cure
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 4, 2010 (Started Jan 03, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: over ten years on it why stop. still walking not good but not bad
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 5, 2010 (Started Jan 06, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: If this is the treatment plan selected never miss a dose
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Mar 17, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue, fever/chills, fever, lethargy, 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: Weight gain is a side effect...although not documented. Flu like symptoms after 4 years still remain a major obstacle Injections; need to fluctuate due to activities, not recommended but life goes on. Insurance costs are always a burden with this disease
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, fever, muscle aches, fatigue

Jan 5, 2010 (Started Mar 17, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue, fever/chills, whole body ache, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: side effects don't go away neurologist isn't of much support, does not recommend mri's. no noticable benefit, must plan injection around activities for 3 hrs after injection and following day because of fatigue
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, fever, muscle aches, fatigue

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Aug 24, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (whole body joint ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Monthly
Advice & Tips: THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE HORRIBLE BUT IT ONLY LAST ONE DAY..
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body joint ache

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 6, 2010 (Started Jun 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea, fever/chills, headaches, whole body ache, extreme flu like malaise)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: When they say "may cause flu-like symptoms...don't take that lightly. I know it's a catch as catch can but dangit, I was no where NEAR prepared for what it did/is doing to me. If your anything like me and your sypmtoms last more than as they say the 1st 12-24 hour persiod...don't wait get on the phone, call the avonex nurse and get hold of your doctor let him/her know the seriousness of symptoms, be as detailed but as brief as you can keep a thermometer handy keep ice pacsk handy keep extra blankets handy and Layer your clothing, if you can have someone keep an eye on you the first few times you do your shots this is not just the night it's done(yes do it at bedtime) but also into the next couple days at least... yeah this is worse case scenerio and maybe your situation may totally different but better to be prepared for the worst and get the best outcome than not be prepared at all,soday crackers and jinger asle might be your best friends do the the nausa and cool rags for the headaches. I am now on day 4 of my 2ond injection and I still feel like I been kicked by a mule. Please don't panic of all that I have said but just be aware there are a small % of us who get hit and get hit hard. So just a small word of preparedness and caution.
Side effects: headaches, whole body ache, nausea, fever/chills, extreme flu like malaise

  • 0 helpful marks

May 28, 2010 (Started Apr 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: The only problem i have had with avonex is remembering when to take it. My dosage is only once a week but i always forget. My flu like symptoms mostly include headache, and the slight sniffles.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 16, 2010 (Started Mar 26, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (injection site reaction, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Severe flu symptoms with very high fever.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, injection site reaction

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 5, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 1, 2006 (Started Jun 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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