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.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
27
Moderate
28
Mild
82
None
47

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Tecfidera

55
34
22
19
13
11

Show all 146 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Tecfidera)
Dosage Patients
480 mg daily 85
240 mg daily 83
240 mg twice daily 48
2 capsule(s) daily 42
120 mg daily 32
120 mg twice daily 24
2 tablet(s) daily 12
1 capsule(s) twice daily 10
1 capsule(s) daily 5
2 capsule(s) twice daily 5

Dosages based on patients currently taking Tecfidera.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Tecfidera (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 39
Doctor's advice 19
Did not seem to work 12
Other 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Not indicated 1
See all 57 patients who’ve stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration

Currently Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 4
1-3 months 5
3-6 months 11
6 months-1 year 43
1-2 years 98
2 years or more 20
Stopped Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 9
1-3 months 9
3-6 months 9
6 months-1 year 13
1-2 years 11
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
153 83%
Usually
24 13%
Sometimes
3 2%
Never
4 2%
Burden
Very
4 2%
Somewhat
10 5%
A little
31 17%
Not at all
139 76%
Cost per month
$200+
8 7%
$100-199
1 1%
$50-99
8 7%
$25-49
19 15%
87 71%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tecfidera after stopping:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 11
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex, Avonex Prefilled Syringe, Avonex Pen) 6
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif, Rebif Rebidose) 6
Natalizumab (Tysabri, Antegren) 6
Fingolimod (Gilenya, MS Phase 3 Fingolimod TRANSFORMS, MS Phase 3 Study Fingolimod FREEDOMS II…) 4

See all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tecfidera and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 5
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 5
Natalizumab (Tysabri, Antegren) 4
Peginterferon beta-1a (Plegridy) 2
Fingolimod (Gilenya, MS Phase 3 Fingolimod TRANSFORMS, MS Phase 3 Study Fingolimod FREEDOMS II…) 1

See all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

UfieDufie
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UfieDufie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: vb
I have:
MS

See UfieDufie's full Tecfidera history

May 11, 2015 (Started Sep 20, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2 capsule(s) Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Always take with food. And don't miss doses, I've by accident missed days. When starting to take it again the flushing was so bad I was red as a lobster for hours.

  • 0 helpful marks
thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Tecfidera history

Feb 26, 2015 (Started Nov 05, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Tuesday's MRI is clear (no new or active lesions), so will continue with this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 14, 2015 (Started Nov 05, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I must eat a meal with meat or I'll throw-up.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
moogie16
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moogie16
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See moogie16's full Tecfidera history

Dec 29, 2014 (Started Nov 30, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 250 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: one baby aspirin before taking tablet
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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