What is Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Betaseron Betaferon Extavia Show all

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Interferon beta-1b is a drug in the interferon family used to treat multiple sclerosis. It is administered by subcutaneous injection and has been demonstrated to slow the advance of the condition as well as reduce the frequency of attacks.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 1673 754
General health 16 11
Fatigue 14 12
Stiffness/spasticity 8 2
Walking problems 7 3
Improve mobility 6 4

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 126
Moderate 201
Mild 275
None 168

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection

Side effect Patients Percentage
Injection site pain 97
Bruising 69
Headaches 62
Depressed mood 45
Fever 41
Injection site redness 20

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.3 mg every other day 11
0.3 mg daily 1
1 mg 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 395
Did not seem to work 354
Doctor's advice 353
Other 197
Expense 36
Change in health plan coverage 35
Personal research 30
Course of treatment ended 22
See all 986 patients who've stopped taking Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection

Duration

Currently taking Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 61
1 - 6 months 175
6 months - 1 year 148
1 - 2 years 181
2 - 5 years 227
5 - 10 years 122
10 years or more 80
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 556
Usually 156
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 73
Somewhat hard to take 215
A little hard to take 261
Not at all hard to take 221
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 48
$100-199 31
$50-99 71
$25-49 109
< $25 299
Not specified 212

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 19
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 9
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 5
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 4
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 3

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 23
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 21
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 19
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 12
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 11

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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86 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection

Jan 17, 2018 (Started Jul 15, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 mg Every other day
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 6, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 mg Every other day
Advice & Tips: The new autoject device is a huge improvement over the old one but I still prefer my wife to administer the injection, so does she. All symptoms/side effects have remained the same since 2010 update.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 19, 2013 (Started Jul 15, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 mg Every other day
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 8, 2010 (Started Jul 15, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 mg Every other day
Advice & Tips: I've been taking Betaseron for almost a decade and it seems to work; I haven't gotten worse or required a hospital visit. I had flu-like symptoms in the first several months I took it and maybe once a year since. I bruise in the injection spots, occasionally and sometimes the medicine burns going in. The autoject device is good to get familiar with in case your significant other or caretaker is not available to deliver it to you. One thing I noticed is that I haven't caught the flu since going on Betaseron. Since 2003 or so, Betaseron does not require refrigeration and that was a welcome change.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Feb 28, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (injection site redness, stiffness/spasticity)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 mg Every other day
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 22, 2012 (Started Dec 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site redness, stiffness/spasticity)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 mg Every other day
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 2, 2017 (Started May 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Went back on Betaseron when Tecfidera didn't work for me
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 8, 2016 (Started May 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 mg Every other day
Advice & Tips: On November 8,2016 I began Tecfidera as prescribed by my new MS doctor.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 24, 2015 (Started May 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (injection site pain)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have stopped taking the Beta. I'd been on it since 2009 and in 2014 I found myself in a horrible depression...NOT suicidal, but complete lack of energy, didn't care about anything, sat on the couch all day watching tv. Stopped cleaning house and letting myself go. Since I've been off of it I am back to myself!
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 25, 2015 (Started May 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (injection site pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I've been on Beta since 2009. At first it was easy to keep track, but as time went on, it became more and more difficult to remember to take my shot. Then I had a few injection site infections and I was running out of places to inject. If I did my arms or thighs, I had side effects, so I only injected in my belly or hips. Then late in 2014 I began to sink into a deep depression which can be a side effect of being on it for a long period of time. So I went off of it in November 2014 and am taking a break. I feel so much better!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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