28 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection taken for the purpose of 'multiple sclerosis' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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Sep 3, 2013 (Started Jun 12, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: expect to be achy. The flu like symptoms where for at least 2 days after I took it.

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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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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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Mar 14, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (short period flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Once of the easiest treatments to take Unfortunately it did not slow the progression of my MS as much as I would have liked it to. However this is a great treatment for those newly diagnosed with MS if its not severe

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Jan 18, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dizziness with nausea, fever/chills)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Be prepared to be sick for 48 hrs after taking Avonex. The flu like symptoms are severe or at least they r for me. I run 103 ton104 temp and the shakes r bad.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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
Dosage: 1 mg M,W,F
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 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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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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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 1, 2010 (Started Jun 10, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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