What is Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Rebif Rebif Rebidose

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Interferon beta-1a is an immunomodulator used to prevent episodes of symptoms and slow the development of disability in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. It comes as a solution to inject subcutaneously (under the skin) three times a week, ideally the same 3 days each week.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 2,971 1,371
Stiffness/spasticity 35 27
Fatigue 26 5
General health 16 12
Improve mobility 9 4
Balance problems 4 2

Show all 34 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 269
Moderate 438
Mild 497
None 192

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection

Side effect Patients
Injection site redness 175
Headaches 160
Muscle aches 154
Fever/chills 134
Injection site pain 104
Fatigue 67

Show all 241 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection

Dosage Patients
44 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week 47
44 mcg 3 times a week 20
3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL weekly 9
22 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week 6
3 times a week 6
22 mcg/0.5 mL m,w,f 4
44 mcg/0.5 mL daily 4
44 mcg/0.5 mL weekly 3
44 mcg 3
44 mcg/0.5 mL m,w,f 3

See all 41 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 752
Did not seem to work 504
Doctor's advice 451
Other 304
Expense 82
Personal research 68
Course of treatment ended 34
Change in health plan coverage 29
See all 1553 patients who've stopped taking Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection

Duration

Currently taking Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 57

Stopped taking Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 93
1 - 6 months 312
6 months - 1 year 264
1 - 2 years 303
2 - 5 years 394
5 - 10 years 162
10 years or more 33
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1102
Usually 210
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 53
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 166
Somewhat hard to take 386
A little hard to take 436
Not at all hard to take 408
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 81
$100-199 49
$50-99 200
$25-49 253
< $25 426
Not specified 387

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 30
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 25
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 7
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 7
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 5

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 47
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 39
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 34
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 33
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 12

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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130 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection

Aug 31, 2016 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jul 29, 2011 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 15, 2010 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I do my shots Sun, Tues, Thurs. After the first 6 months or so I had no more reactions at all. I can do the shot and then do whatever I had planned. I find that doing the shot freehand is much easier after the initial shock of actually sticking the needle in goes by. Now it is just something I do.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 21, 2010 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 29, 2009 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 23, 2009 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 44 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 20, 2016 (Started May 07, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 22 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue, fatigue

Jul 10, 2015 (Started May 07, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 44 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: I am taking therapy in till noon, or according my work load Still working, traveling, walking minor impact, don't think about illness constantly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue, fatigue

Aug 7, 2010 (Started May 07, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 44 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: because of side effects i take injection 12-20h before major workload
Side effects: fatigue, fatigue

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Nov 10, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pressure headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Injection site reactions have not resolved and I am discontinuing Rebif. Starting Tecfidera as of tonight.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: pressure headaches

Nov 3, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pressure headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 44 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: Site reaction issues causing stop.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: pressure headaches

Oct 16, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pressure headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 44 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: Issues with site getting worse. Scaley, itchy, legs showing the same reactions although I haven't used those sites in years. We're going to participate in a two year Ticfidera trial.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: pressure headaches

Aug 18, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pressure headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 44 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: Only side I have is headache and stiffness. Not a problem If I take NSAID before injection prior to bed. Currently having site injection reactions that have become a large problem.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: pressure headaches

Sep 15, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pressure headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 44 mcg/0.5 mL 3 times a week
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: pressure headaches

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