128 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection

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Feb 5, 2011 (Started Jul 10, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My husband gave me the shots every other day for 11 years. My neurologist suggested going off it as it seems I have plateaued, & I'm over 65. It's been over a year and I have had no exacerbations. Still using my walker & scooter.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

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Jan 15, 2011 (Started Mar 08, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Muscle aches, Flu like symptoms, Whole body ache, Headaches, Fever/chills)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Side effects: Muscle aches, Fever/chills, Whole body ache, Flu like symptoms, Headaches

Mar 22, 2009 (Started Mar 08, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Muscle aches, Flu like symptoms, Whole body ache, Headaches, Fever/chills)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: The needle may be a little bigger than you'd expect, but the once a week is a major plus for me. The flu like sx (fever, chills, body aches) don't last long and after time they seem to disappear.
Side effects: Muscle aches, Fever/chills, Whole body ache, Flu like symptoms, Headaches

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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

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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

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Nov 27, 2010 (Started Jun 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Muscle pain, Cold chills, Whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Side effects diminish with time
Side effects: Muscle pain, Cold chills, Whole body ache

Jun 27, 2010 (Started Jun 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Muscle pain, Cold chills, Whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I've only had 2 injections so far. The side effects are pretty brutal, however subside with time. Feels like labor pains all over the body. First injection they subsided after 24 hrs. Second injection much easier.
Side effects: Muscle pain, Cold chills, Whole body ache

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Nov 18, 2010 (Started Mar 17, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Muscle aches, Flu like symptoms, Whole body ache, Lethargy, Fever, Fever/chills, Fatigue)
  • 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: Muscle aches, Lethargy, Whole body ache, Flu like symptoms, Fever/chills, Fever, Fatigue

Jan 5, 2010 (Started Mar 17, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Muscle aches, Whole body ache, Fever/chills, Fatigue)
  • 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: Muscle aches, Lethargy, Whole body ache, Flu like symptoms, Fever/chills, Fever, Fatigue

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Oct 15, 2010 (Started Jun 06, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: most difficult part is the needle. if your muscles are tense it hurts. the more relaxed, the less the hurt. used to get everything ready, choose the general shot location on my thigh, tighten my leg as tight as i could, then relax it, look off to the side a little and start counting backwards from 10. at some point, i'd stab the needle/syringe in, sort of surprising myself then look at where it landed. it landed way off course only once, didn't go in all the way a couple of times, but otherwise worked GREAT for me!
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

Jun 10, 2010 (Started Jun 06, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: IM injections are daunting and the more tense you are, the more it hurts. Figure out ways to RELAX (i do yoga, take a bath, or drink a glass of wine first)
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

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Oct 13, 2010 (Started Jul 27, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Flu-like symptoms never end regardless of how long you have taken the medication
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

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