126 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection

tgn
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tgn
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Feb 20, 2015 (Started Aug 25, 2002)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 23, 2010 (Started Aug 25, 2002)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
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

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gelflinggrl
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gelflinggrl
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Nov 11, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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christine1114
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christine1114
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Oct 2, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: None
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Shivering, Nausea, Body Aches, Fever/chills, Tiredness, Generalized muscle aches, Stabbing headaches, Flu like symptoms, Joint pain, Dizziness

Mar 14, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
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: Shivering, Nausea, Body Aches, Fever/chills, Tiredness, Generalized muscle aches, Stabbing headaches, Flu like symptoms, Joint pain, Dizziness

Nov 2, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
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: Shivering, Nausea, Body Aches, Fever/chills, Tiredness, Generalized muscle aches, Stabbing headaches, Flu like symptoms, Joint pain, Dizziness

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Wavewatcher
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Wavewatcher
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Sep 25, 2014 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Very
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

Feb 4, 2013 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Fatigue

Jul 28, 2010 (Started Jan 28, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
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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Apes Vancouver
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Apes Vancouver
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Apr 23, 2014 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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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PapaJimbo
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PapaJimbo
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Jan 17, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: None
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
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

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shelley
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shelley
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Sep 3, 2013 (Started Jun 12, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Advice & Tips: expect to be achy. The flu like symptoms where for at least 2 days after I took it.

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curlytop
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curlytop
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Jul 17, 2013 (Started Aug 20, 2001)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have no side effects from this drug, Praise God.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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the_lorelei
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the_lorelei
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Jul 1, 2013 (Started Feb 07, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

Apr 12, 2011 (Started Feb 07, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Side effects are different for everyone but I find if I take Advil about 30 minutes before my injection, I'm less likely to have bad flu-like symptoms.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

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Cara
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Cara
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Jun 15, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: None
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I took Avonex for 6 months. I had 4 heart attacks within that period. I only had a minor blockage which my doctors say couldn't have caused them. Biogen confirmed Heart Attacks and Congestive Heart Failure were one of the side effects. Biogen strongly encouraged me to stop taking it.

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