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

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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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Apr 23, 2014 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Even though I switched to Aubagio, I would still recommend Avonex for anyone who is thinking about treatment. I watch my diet carefully and I exercise regularly, but there's no way I would skip MS medication. The costs of a relapse are just too high.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Apr 25, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I've had no new lesions since I started taking Avonex. For anyone who has been diagnosed, get on the drugs as soon as you can. I was given this advice, and I ignored it at first. It only took one relapse to change my mind.
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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Apr 23, 2012 (Started Apr 08, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Stay with it. The benefits to me far outweigh the risk. With Avonex I have been able to continue working and feel like I am a productive adult who can care for myself. The downside: The cost is horrid , with insurance I pay for the first two months each year. this is approximately $4000 out of pocket.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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May 30, 2011 (Started Apr 28, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (muscle aches, shivering, flu like symptoms, stabbing headaches, whole body ache, tiredness, joint pain, fever/chills, dizziness, spasms, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Side effects need to be addressed. Doctors don't help, Biogen Idec didn't help. Unbearable, just cannot do it anymore.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, dizziness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, nausea, joint pain, shivering, tiredness, spasms, whole body ache

Apr 26, 2011 (Started Apr 28, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (muscle aches, shivering, flu like symptoms, stabbing headaches, whole body ache, tiredness, joint pain, fever/chills, dizziness, spasms, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I will not be taking this much longer. I can't believe all the days of being miserably ill I have given to this medication. The makers of the drug are making bundles of money off this but they cannot offer me any means of coping with the HORRIBLE side effects.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, dizziness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, nausea, joint pain, shivering, tiredness, spasms, whole body ache

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Apr 28, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (muscle aches, shivering, flu like symptoms, stabbing headaches, whole body ache, tiredness, joint pain, fever/chills, dizziness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Continue to have horrible side effects and NO pain medications work effectively. Have come close to overdosing to deal with the side effects which last for over 24 hours. Thinking about quiting.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, dizziness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, nausea, joint pain, shivering, tiredness, spasms, whole body ache

Apr 28, 2009 (Started Apr 28, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (muscle aches, shivering, flu like symptoms, stabbing headaches, whole body ache, tiredness, joint pain, fever/chills, dizziness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: The side effects may NEVER lessen and ibuprophen may not ever be enough. If you have these problems the medical professionals will probably do nothing to assist you in dealing with them. The drug companies will never disclose how common this problem is because that is not a selling point. If you have severe side effects DON'T try sleeping through them - it won't happen, take the injection in the morning so you can deal with it while you are awake and not lose sleep. Plan on feeling like crap for two days a week but it's better than Rebif where you feel like crap all week. I don't understand why they can prescribe something with such horrible side effects but not prescribe something to deal with the side effects?
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, dizziness, stabbing headaches, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, nausea, joint pain, shivering, tiredness, spasms, whole body ache

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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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Jun 25, 2010 (Started Jan 21, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle aches, flu like symptoms, whole body ache, fever/chills)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have been taking Avonex since the original trials. I really believe that it has helped my MS from progressing as quickly as it would have otherwise. When I began treatment I was experiencing 2+ exacerbations per month...and since I started using Avonex, my exacerbations have been 1 (or less) per YEAR! (and that is since about 1991)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, whole body ache

Jan 12, 2009 (Started Jan 21, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle aches, flu like symptoms, whole body ache, fever/chills)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have been using Avonex since the original Trials...many years ago (around 1990), and have never missed a dose! I really believe it has had a LOT to do with my MS not progressing as quickly. The shots are really no big deal. And, now you can use a shorter needle! yea! After all these years, my biggest problem is trying to find new spots to inject! (Don't want to damage tissue)_
Side effects: muscle aches, flu like symptoms, fever/chills, whole body ache

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Aug 18, 2009 (Started Aug 14, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle aches, flu like symptoms, fever/chills)
  • 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: muscle aches, fever/chills, flu like symptoms

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Jul 29, 2009 (Started May 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle aches, flu like symptoms, whole body ache, lethargy, joint pain, fever)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: Side effects can be bad at the beginning and it's difficult to know whether the Avonex will even work. STICK WITH IT!! I haven't had any progression in 2 years!!!
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, whole body ache, flu like symptoms, lethargy, joint pain, fever

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May 6, 2009 (Started Sep 15, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (muscle aches, lethargy, joint pain, headaches, fever/chills)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: muscle aches, fever/chills, lethargy, headaches, joint pain, headaches, joint pain

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