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 559 528
Drug ineffective 6 6
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 71
Moderate 83
Mild 237
None 140

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tecfidera

Side effect Patients
Flushing 113
Facial flushing 42
Diarrhea 39
Stomach pain 28
Nausea 27
Upset stomach 16

Show all 189 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tecfidera

Dosage Patients
240 mg twice daily 64
480 mg daily 23
240 mg daily 18
120 mg twice daily 14
120 mg daily 10
2 capsule(s) daily 6
480 mg twice daily 4
1 capsule(s) twice daily 3
2 capsule(s) twice daily 3
1 capsule(s) 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 137 patients who've stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration

Currently taking Tecfidera

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 123
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 425
Usually 80
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 34
A little hard to take 76
Not at all hard to take 407
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 19
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 45
< $25 276
Not specified 170

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tecfidera after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 67
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 35
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 33
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 22
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) 17
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 8
Rituximab (Rituxan) 6

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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26 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

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

  • 1 helpful mark

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 15, 2017 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take a capsule 10-15 minutes AFTER you eat.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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