29 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection taken for the purpose of 'multiple sclerosis' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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Jun 16, 2010 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: take as perscibed,make cause flu like systemns.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

May 11, 2010 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: headaches and flu like feeling
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Jan 15, 2010 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Get when perscibed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Dec 12, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can not use it right now,because of my cancer.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Nov 13, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: take when perscibed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Oct 12, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: take a pain releaver about a hour before injecting
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Sep 17, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Get when needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Aug 21, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: take something for pain a hafe in hour,before shot
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Aug 2, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: take a pain releaver about 1 hour before in jecting.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Jun 26, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: take some for pain about 30 minutes before injection
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

May 12, 2009 (Started May 12, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, injection site scar, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: take a couple of tylnol or something to help with pain.i take it about 30 minutes before in jection
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, injection site scar, lethargy, fever/chills, headaches, joint pain, flu like symptoms, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

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Jun 8, 2010 (Started Oct 12, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I picked the best day of the week for me so it was a weekly ritual . While on the Avenox I rarely had relapses and those that I did have were brought on by excessive heat and fatigue along with stress.I felt for me that once a week was enough for me to give myself the SHOT.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Jun 1, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, tiredness, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: My husband gave me my injections as my fear of needles would never allow me to inject myself. The side effects were manageable for me with the use of Tylenol or Advil. I had one mild flare up during my time on Avonex, but there were new lesions discovered on my most recent MRI (May 2010). I quit taking Avonex in June when we decided to get pregnant. We were successful and expect our baby boy in early May 2011. After the birth of the baby, I will begin a new MS therapy. The docs think Tysabri is the way to go, but we have not finalized a new path yet.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache

Oct 20, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, tiredness, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I did have a mild flare up a few months ago - Optic neuritis strikes again! It was mild and more of an annoyance than anything. Didn't have to do the steroid treatment because is wasn't extremely disruptive to my day-to-day activities. When I met with my doc a couple of weeks ago she expressed that it was a good thing I was sticking with the Avonex. In spite of the flare up, after reviewing the most recent MRI results and talking with me she feels that the Avonex IS working.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache

Feb 25, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, tiredness, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Eating a meal right after the injection has helped minimize my side effects. Also taking the max dosage of Tylenol or Advil right before the injection and often 3-4 hours later have helped to manage the side effects. I schedule my injections for a time when there is the least amount of other activity planned. This way, if I do have a crappy reaction I can veg out, have a lazy day and just relax. After a year and half using Avonex the times when I experience side effects are very infrequent.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache

Jan 11, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I take my shot on Fridays between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Then I stay home and have a lazy evening and Saturday morning. Usually by Saturday afternoon I feel normal again and still have a weekend. I take 3 extra strength Tylenol 30 mins. before injection and again 3 hours later. I have found that a solid meal after the injection is necessary for controlling my side effects. A few times I had uncontrollable chills - the heating pad was the only thing that helped ease them. I don't know if it's really working or not but I haven't had any flare ups since I started the treatment so I feel optimistic about the treatment.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache

Jan 7, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Since beginning with Avonex about 9 mos. ago I haven't had any relapse. I assume that means the meds are doing their job. I control the side effects easily by staying well hydrated, taking Tylenol before the injection and have a meal shortly after the injection. After first few months side effects are less frequent.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache

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Mar 1, 2010 (Started Dec 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches

Dec 12, 2009 (Started Dec 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: worked at first..must have built up a resistance to it
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches

Feb 13, 2009 (Started Dec 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: easier than expected, neverthought I owuld ever be able to inject myself, and only 3 times a week.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches

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Nov 12, 2009 (Started Nov 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly

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Aug 12, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Pre-med with the Tylenol,Advil,Aleve,starting 8 -12 hrs prior,then continue to follow as needed . Don't be a hero thingss really do bother me too,so I take something to fix it or at least try. That's the previous faculty who use to teach dental student coming out in me ,sorry 'bout that!
Side effects: fever/chills, headaches, lethargy, joint pain, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

Aug 10, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: If your physs says get on it MAKE them help you! Don't let them say you really need to be on this and that be it. MAKE THEM HELP YOU!!! THEY TOOK THE OATH, PHYS DO NO HARM!!
Side effects: fever/chills, headaches, lethargy, joint pain, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

May 24, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: It's better than WAITING for a miracle/ DO what is here today & BE APART of TOMORROW! 1. WORK LIKE YOU DON'T NEED THE MONEY.... 2.LOVE LIKE YOU'VE NEVVER BEEN HURT.... 3. DANCE LIKE NOBODY'S WATCHING....
Side effects: fever/chills, headaches, lethargy, joint pain, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches

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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

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Apr 19, 2009 (Started Dec 03, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: There are alot of side effects until you get use to the drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms

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Mar 16, 2009 (Started Aug 14, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: LOTS OF WATER AND SLEEP RIGHT AFTER YOU GET THE SHOT
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, lethargy, joint pain, fever, migraine headaches, headaches, muscle aches

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Mar 2, 2009 (Started Jun 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, joint pain, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Side effects: shivering, fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, joint pain, muscle aches

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