131 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection

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Aug 18, 2009 (Started Aug 14, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I would like to stay on Avonex, but with the liver acting up, I will stop it for now. I want to go back on it or go to an oral that doesn't effect the liver.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, flu like symptoms, muscle aches

  • 2 helpful marks

Jan 5, 2010 (Started Feb 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, fever/chills, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I had flu sx the whole 1 and half yrs I was on this med, and when I went back for my MRI , I had 2 new lesions on my C-spine. My Dr was not happy with this and decided that I needed a more aggressive med. I will be going on Tysabri when the paperwork is complete.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: shivering, whole body ache, tiredness, muscle aches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness, fever/chills

Dec 30, 2009 (Started Feb 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, fever/chills, joint pain, tiredness, 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
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: shivering, whole body ache, tiredness, muscle aches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness, fever/chills

May 11, 2009 (Started Feb 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, fever/chills, joint pain, tiredness, 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
Advice & Tips: I take 1 benydril when I take my shot to avoid the side effects of fever, aches and pains. I also take one of my darvocet for the pain since I can't take advil due to allergy. I also take my shot at a time that when the effects start I can lay down for the night and sleep the symptoms off.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: shivering, whole body ache, tiredness, muscle aches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness, fever/chills

Apr 3, 2009 (Started Feb 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, fever/chills, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: be patient.... take benydril , and tylenol, a half hr before avonex. take the avonex at a time of day that the side effects will hit at night while you are sleeping. that way you don't have to feel it all.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: shivering, whole body ache, tiredness, muscle aches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness, fever/chills

Mar 14, 2009 (Started Feb 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, fever/chills, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: HYDRATE HEAVILY THE DAY BEFORE AND OF INJECTION, TAKE BENYDRIL AND ACETAMINOPHEN OR IBUPROFEN 30 MIN BEFORE INJECTION.ICE OR PUT PRESSURE ON THE INJECTION A MIN OR SO BEFORE PUTTING THE NEEDLE IN AS IT NUMBS THE AREA WHILE YOU ARE INJECTING THE MEDS.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: shivering, whole body ache, tiredness, muscle aches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness, fever/chills

Feb 21, 2009 (Started Feb 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, joint pain, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Ice or put pressure on injection site before injecting as it helps with the pain of the needle going through the top layer of skin. Take Tylenol or other prescribed pain med and also benydril one hr before injection as it helps with the aches and flu symptoms.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: shivering, whole body ache, tiredness, muscle aches, flu like symptoms, joint pain, dizziness, fever/chills

  • 2 helpful marks

Feb 5, 2010 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, whole body pain, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: After 15months I could not deal with the side effects which for me were not worth it. I stopped taking the drug and I feel sooo...:) much better. I am not saying that anyone else should do this. We all must do what is best for ourselves and our families. If it should become necessary to use some type of drug in the future I will, for now I will stick to smoking a little pot and eating well. This drug took my life away daily and I got it back. Good luck to all of us with MS.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: joint pain, whole body pain, flu like symptoms, lethargy, whole body ache, fever/chills, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches, headaches, headaches

Dec 17, 2009 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, whole body pain, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: joint pain, whole body pain, flu like symptoms, lethargy, whole body ache, fever/chills, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches, headaches, headaches

Aug 18, 2009 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

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

May 12, 2009 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, whole body pain, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have not beeen using Avonex long enough to tell how well it is working. Need another scan to see what it is doing or not doing. I am going to stick with it, so to speak, until my next scan. Might try a different med. after scan depending on the out come. Whatever med. you use if it works I say stay with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: joint pain, whole body pain, flu like symptoms, lethargy, whole body ache, fever/chills, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches, headaches, headaches

Apr 14, 2009 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, whole body pain, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: It would appear that the Avonex is working. Advice is stay on your drugs if they work for you...
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: joint pain, whole body pain, flu like symptoms, lethargy, whole body ache, fever/chills, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches, headaches, headaches

Feb 17, 2009 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: After 8 or so weeks it appears that it is working. Advice...DO NOT stop your meds. you will have to start over. If you are over the bad stuff stick with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: joint pain, whole body pain, flu like symptoms, lethargy, whole body ache, fever/chills, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches, headaches, headaches

Jan 20, 2009 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, headaches, fever, joint pain, lethargy, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, migraine headaches, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: First shot was a bitch, blinding headache, chills, shaking,body pain, all of the above. Last shot [#5] no problems at all. Wonderful. I will stick with it and keep my fingers crossed. Advice DO NOT go without your meds. I believe this is going to work for me. May be too early to tell.
Side effects: joint pain, whole body pain, flu like symptoms, lethargy, whole body ache, fever/chills, fever, migraine headaches, muscle aches, headaches, headaches

  • 2 helpful marks

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

  • 2 helpful marks

Mar 24, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: If your using a kit the needle size may be too large. You can request smaller, thinner ones that don't hurt as much. Just make sure they are long enough to get into the muscle but not so long that they go too deep. The nurses say that ice on the injection site in advance should help deaden pain. I never use, relaxing is he best way to avoid pain. Be calm relax and don't expect pain. Works for me.
Side effects: fever/chills, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, muscle aches

  • 1 helpful mark

May 2, 2009 (Started Jul 10, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, joint pain, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, flu like symptoms, joint pain, muscle aches

Jan 7, 2009 (Started Jul 10, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fever/chills, joint pain, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: ONCE A WEEK IS DEFINATELY AN ADVANTAGE. ALSO, I HAVE INJECTIONS ON SUNDAYS AND LATE MORNING. I HAVE NOT CHANGED OR ALTERED SINCE JULY 2002, AND MY LAST MAJOR EXACERBATION WAS JANUARY 2004.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, flu like symptoms, joint pain, muscle aches

Oct 21, 2008 (Started Jul 10, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fever/chills, joint pain, flu like symptoms, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: TAKE MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED BY PHYSCIAN.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: fever/chills, flu like symptoms, joint pain, muscle aches

  • 1 helpful mark

Jun 27, 2009 (Started Mar 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, lethargy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: depressed mood, lethargy

  • 1 helpful mark

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

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 9, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, puffy lumps on thighs, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: horrible stuff
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, puffy lumps on thighs, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I REALLY do not like this medication. It makes me extremely tired, body aches are ongoing, heightened anxiety, agitation and depression. Raised lumps on the current and past injection sites with each injection when taken as Rx'd.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I am relieved that my last MRI in February has shown no active lesions....so the Avonex must be working great. I just started using prednisone --10mg 1/2 hour prior to injection and again 6 hrs after...and the effects are great! I was ready to quit the Avonex until I tried premedicating with prednisone. Sorry, but the tylenol just wasn't cutting it...but alls well now!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Feb 25, 2010 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: hate it
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, nausea, fever/chills, awakening due to pain, ocular migraine aura, joint pain, tiredness, whole body ache, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, shivering, muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: WOW...MS sucks but the treatment really bites. I hate this stuff. I'm not sure if I would rather have the flare ups or the constant side effects from the AVONEX. Either way, I'm disabled. At least with the MS, it would be only once every 1 1/2 years. With the AVONEX it's 5 out of 7 days/week. I get over the side effects just in time to take another dose. I am seriously reconsidering my choice of treatments.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

Nov 19, 2009 (Started Nov 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue, fever/chills, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms, joint pain, whole body ache, muscle aches, awakening due to pain, puffy lumps on thighs, shivering, fever/chills, nausea, stabbing headaches, tiredness, ocular migraine aura, fatigue, fatigue

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 14, 2010 (Started Sep 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms

Aug 1, 2010 (Started Sep 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: be sure you take ibuprophen! also ask your doc for Amantidine, this helps with the flu feeling you get from using Avonex, also know one week you could not have any side effects, just know this will not be the case every week, you could go 3 weeks and be fine and then all of a suddon you are sicker then you thought possible, just treat yourself like you have the flu and do not fight the fact that that you are having side effects, remember it is what it is and there is nothing we can do to stop it, just be gratful for the times you are not sick! Stay strong, and know it will end!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms

Dec 27, 2008 (Started Sep 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Stay hydrated and remember your Aleve before your shot and 12 hours after. This helps with the side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms

  • 1 helpful mark
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