128 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection

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May 7, 2017 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Jan 6, 2016 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Sep 7, 2015 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Sep 25, 2014 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I reached a point I couldn't take needles in my legs any longer it hurt so bad so this med was discontinued.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Feb 4, 2013 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I am now considered SPMS (Secondary Progressive MS) because I am 60 and they have no research to show that it works once you reach that stage but they said if I FELT like it was working I could continue to take it. I walk unassisted, I talk, I drive within a 50 mile radius to the doctor, and I pay our bills and look after myself. I can't clean house and do other things but I can do that so me and my Neurologist determined that as long as I was up and moving we were not going to fix something that wasn't broke. I am getting it on a grant and don't have to pay for it and am more than a little thankful that I am still able to get it for fear I would go downhill rapidly without it. I take Benadryl after the shot and have no trouble with the flu like sysmptoms unless I forget that.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Jan 15, 2013 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Jul 28, 2010 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I TAKE MY SHOT ON SUNDAY NIGHT BECAUSE I DON'T WORK. IF I WORKED IT WOULD BE FRIDAY NIGHT. THE DAY AFTER THE SHOT SOMETIMES I SLEEP A LOT AND OTHERS I AM FINE. NO UNEXPECTED BENEFITS.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

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Mar 1, 2016 (Started Feb 28, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Oct 2, 2015 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Does nothing for progression.

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Feb 20, 2015 (Started Aug 25, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 23, 2010 (Started Aug 25, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: i wasn't sure if it was doing anything until i recently changed neuros had an mri and he told me it was doing its job so was good to hear
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 11, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stomach flu (gastroenteritis), depression with suicidal thoughts)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 2, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle aches, shivering, flu like symptoms, stabbing headaches, whole body ache, tiredness, joint pain, fever/chills, dizziness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, shivering, nausea, whole body ache, fever/chills, tiredness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness

Mar 14, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle aches, shivering, flu like symptoms, stabbing headaches, whole body ache, tiredness, joint pain, fever/chills, dizziness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I switch to avonex pen auto injector I wish I did this a long tme ago
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, shivering, nausea, whole body ache, fever/chills, tiredness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness

Nov 2, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle aches, shivering, flu like symptoms, stabbing headaches, whole body ache, tiredness, joint pain, fever/chills, dizziness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I TAKE TO ALEIVE BEFOR AND DURING THE WHOLE WEEKEND. SOMETIME THE SIDE EFFECT ARE MILD SOMETIMES THE ARE STRONGE
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, shivering, nausea, whole body ache, fever/chills, tiredness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness

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Apr 23, 2014 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Even though I switched to Aubagio, I would still recommend Avonex for anyone who is thinking about treatment. I watch my diet carefully and I exercise regularly, but there's no way I would skip MS medication. The costs of a relapse are just too high.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Apr 25, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I've had no new lesions since I started taking Avonex. For anyone who has been diagnosed, get on the drugs as soon as you can. I was given this advice, and I ignored it at first. It only took one relapse to change my mind.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 17, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stiffness, flu like symptoms, muscle fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Prepare every members around you, you'll probably need them... Thanks for my wife who accepted to give me the injections at the end (missed the shot a couple of times and after that I was afraid to miss again.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 13, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stiffness, flu like symptoms, muscle fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Be prepared to feel sick for two days (at least) next to the injection. Really hard to take care of family (2 children + new born) so get as much help around as possible with family, ressources, etc. At first, I was having the PEN wich is basically a spring that deals with the seringue on your behalf. Then changed for the pre-filled seringe because I could not stand the snap done by the PEN. But then, after missing the shot 2 or 3 times, I had to ask my wife to do it (being too scared to miss it once again).
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 3, 2013 (Started Jun 12, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: expect to be achy. The flu like symptoms where for at least 2 days after I took it.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2013 (Started Aug 20, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have no side effects from this drug, Praise God.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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