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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Apr 15, 2009 (Started Oct 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, tiredness, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, shivering, fear of needles (belonephobia), sleep disturbances, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Side effects: sleep disturbances, tiredness, shivering, fear of needles (belonephobia), whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches, fever/chills, fever/chills

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 1, 2009 (Started Dec 04, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hair loss, fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, lethargy, joint pain, hair loss, fever, muscle aches

Feb 24, 2009 (Started Dec 04, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (hair loss, fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Drink extra water the day before and the day of injection. Get Tylenol, Advil, Motrin or the brand that seems help the most for your type of side effects, in your system for 12-24 hours prior to injection. I seem to have noticeably less side effects when using my legs as the injection site. Plan as little as possible the next day, you may wake up feeling ok, or not very well.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, lethargy, joint pain, hair loss, fever, muscle aches

Sep 30, 2008 (Started Dec 04, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (hair loss, fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Drink a lot of water the day before and the day of injection. Ibuprofin works better than Tylenol. Again, start taking the day before.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, lethargy, joint pain, hair loss, fever, muscle aches

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 14, 2009 (Started Jun 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, lethargy, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: To think of that day a week as a blessing in which you must really relax and take care of yourself. I know it's hard to make that work though. I do it by only working 4 days a week, on contract - but I know I'm lucky that I cna do htis.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, whole body ache, lethargy

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 22, 2009 (Started Nov 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I'm still trying to work out a good routine.
Side effects: whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches

Nov 18, 2008 (Started Nov 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Side effects: whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 11, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 8, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: fever, fever/chills, whole body ache, lethargy, joint pain

Nov 23, 2008 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: hydrate, take advil, do the shot at night
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: fever, fever/chills, whole body ache, lethargy, joint pain

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 9, 2008 (Started Feb 24, 2007)

  • 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: Take advil, be ready for fever and flu symptoms in early stages of treatments
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2008 (Started May 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 14, 2008 (Started Jun 22, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, lethargy, whole body ache, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Don't believe anyone who says the side effects will go away in 6 weeks. I've spoken to other MS patients who have been on it for 5+ years and still have flu like symptoms at times.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, whole body ache, lethargy, migraine headaches, muscle aches

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 23, 2007 (Started Oct 03, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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