44 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection taken for the purpose of 'multiple sclerosis' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Can’t tell

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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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 11, 2012 (Started Sep 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I manage side effects by taking hydrocodone. I am also taking Lexapro for the anxiety/depression caused by Avonex. Strangely, I have not had a cold of any kind in the 3 years I have been on Avonex. The ipact of Abonex is that it takes a day and a half out of each week. I have to plan my week around the days I am debilitated by side effects.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 10, 2012 (Started May 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site redness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 20, 2011 (Started Apr 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: The side effects were horrible. The body aches I got were much more severe then any actual "flu" I have ever experienced in my life. This lasted from 12 to 20 hrs followed by a headache I would describe as a "vise grip" tightening on my head...
Side effects: flu like symptoms

May 19, 2011 (Started Apr 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Side effects: flu like symptoms

  • 0 helpful marks

May 20, 2011 (Started May 12, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stabbing headaches, tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Every Other Week
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, fever/chills, stabbing headaches, tiredness

Aug 1, 2010 (Started May 12, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stabbing headaches, tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: I manage taking ykis treatment only with the help of my husband. I think he likes to stick me with the needle. No unexpected benefits. I'm unable to determine any benefits. Impact on my life is that I am a vegetable with migraines for 2-3 days following the injection. Because of this, I take it on the weekends to minimize impact on work days. In order to enjoy some of my weekends, I decided, on my own, to take every other week instead of weekly. CVSCaremark doesn't like that decision (non compliance)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, fever/chills, stabbing headaches, tiredness

Dec 11, 2009 (Started May 12, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stabbing headaches, tiredness, fever/chills, whole body ache)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: weekly shot has become every other week because it now takes 2+ days to get strength back
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: whole body ache, fever/chills, stabbing headaches, tiredness

  • 1 helpful mark
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