53 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection with a cost of < $25

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Nov 15, 2017 (Started Jul 14, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (extreme flu like malaise)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 44 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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

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Jul 1, 2013 (Started Feb 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flu like symptoms

Apr 12, 2011 (Started Feb 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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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Jul 1, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take at night before bed on the weekend or when you have off in case you get the flu like symptoms
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 15, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jun 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (joint stiffness, injection site bruising, injection site pain, bruising, injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site pain, injection site bruising, joint stiffness, bruising, injection site reaction

Oct 30, 2011 (Started Jun 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (joint stiffness, injection site bruising, injection site pain, bruising, injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site pain, injection site bruising, joint stiffness, bruising, injection site reaction

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May 4, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: VERY UPSET! I WAS ON BETASERON....AND DOING SO WELL ONIT! MEDICARE TOOK ME OFF IT UNTIL I FAILED OTHER INJECTABLES!! WE TRIED THE AVONEX, BUT MY HUSBAND AT THE TIME COULD NOT GET PAST THE INJECTION ITSELF! SO, NOW IT HAS BEEN OVER 2 YEARS SINCE I HAVE HAD AN INJECTABLE MANAGEMENT TOOL AND OF COURSE THE MS IS JUST GETTING WORSE!!!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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May 3, 2012 (Started Sep 09, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have experienced very seldom exaserbations sinc beginning.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 15, 2012 (Started Sep 09, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I may return to Avonex. Dr. and I wants to see if changes in progression by Oct. 2012, my next apointment. Notice a more slower, stiff walk. I have been on it for so long, I wanted to see any change or if necessary. I had to rely on copayment assistance to afford it. Paid $10 a month after receiving non-profit help on my insurance.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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