What is Tecfidera?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Dimethyl fumarate

Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate, BG-12) is used for the treatment of relapsing remitting MS. It is an oral medication and is used to help reduce the number of relapses a patient experiences.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple Sclerosis 556 524
Drug ineffective 6 5
Allergic reaction 2 4
Psoriasis 2 2
Arthritis pain 1 0
Brain Atrophy Cerebrum 1 0

Show all 17 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 70
Moderate 83
Mild 237
None 137

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tecfidera

Side effect Patients
Flushing 112
Facial flushing 42
Diarrhea 39
Nausea 28
Stomach pain 28
Upset stomach 16

Show all 189 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tecfidera

Dosage Patients
240 mg twice daily 68
480 mg daily 24
240 mg daily 19
120 mg twice daily 16
2 capsule(s) daily 9
120 mg daily 8
480 mg twice daily 6
1 capsule(s) twice daily 4
2 tablet(s) daily 3
1 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Tecfidera

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 81
Doctor's advice 44
Did not seem to work 33
Other 16
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 136 patients who’ve stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration

Currently taking Tecfidera

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 125
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 21
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 420
Usually 82
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 18
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 34
A little hard to take 76
Not at all hard to take 404
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 19
$100-199 3
$50-99 17
$25-49 45
< $25 274
Not specified 169

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tecfidera after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 65
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 35
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 34
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 21
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 19

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tecfidera and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 20
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 19
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 18
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 8
Rituximab (Rituxan) 6

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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25 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

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CaineMan
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CaineMan
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: severe
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See CaineMan's full Tecfidera history

Apr 21, 2017 (Started Jul 05, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It's still working'
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 15, 2013 (Started Jul 05, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If nothing else was working for you I would recommend that you talk to your Dr. about it.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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PHEONIX
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PHEONIX
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Apr 20, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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nsingle1
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nsingle1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See nsingle1's full Tecfidera history

Mar 16, 2017 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 28, 2016 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 10, 2016 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stomach pain, Flushing)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 11, 2015 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stomach pain, Flushing)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 27, 2014 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 22, 2014 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily

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