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 519 488
Drug ineffective 5 3
Allergic reaction 2 4
Arthritis pain 1 0
Brain Atrophy Cerebrum 1 0
Brain lesions 1 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 66
Moderate 75
Mild 225
None 124

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tecfidera

Side effect Patients
Flushing 103
Facial flushing 39
Diarrhea 38
Nausea 26
Stomach pain 24
Upset stomach 16

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tecfidera

Dosage Patients
240 mg twice daily 54
480 mg daily 22
240 mg daily 18
120 mg twice daily 17
120 mg daily 7
2 capsule(s) daily 6
2 tablet(s) daily 4
480 mg twice daily 4
1 capsule(s) twice daily 3
1 tablet(s) twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Tecfidera

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 71
Doctor's advice 38
Did not seem to work 29
Other 14
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
Expense 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Tecfidera

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 104
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 395
Usually 72
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 71
Not at all hard to take 377
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 42
< $25 250
Not specified 160

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tecfidera after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 55
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 30
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 28
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 18
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 17

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tecfidera and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 17
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 16
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 13
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 5
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 5

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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22 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

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1955chevy
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1955chevy
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See 1955chevy's full Tecfidera history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Nov 10, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Facial flushing, Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: One pill twice a day, no problem. Occasional minor face flushing, maybe once or twice a month.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 1, 2016 (Started Nov 10, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Almost a year now and no lingering side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 24, 2015 (Started Nov 10, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Facial flushing, Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Eat something before taking the morning dose. I take the night dose right before bed. The stomach and flushing issues seem to be fading away now after entering the third week. Great to be away from the injections as I was having site issues after 17 years. Although in secondary progressive, Doc agreed with the decision the switch. Biogen is waving the $75 co-pay for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mamaw5
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Mamaw5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Mamaw5's full Tecfidera history

Dec 1, 2016 (Started Nov 08, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Ive had to stop taking the full dose due to stomach issues and vomiting.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 25, 2016 (Started Nov 08, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I took it with full meals, I took it with peanut butter...nothing helped and the stomach pain and vomiting were too much. The starter pack of 120mg was ok. But as soon as I started on the full dose, the stomach pain began until it ended up after a few days with severe vomiting.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Sep 30, 2016 (Started Nov 05, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (JC virus present in blood test)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: my jc virus level is just slightly greater, so I'll continue with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 25, 2016 (Started Nov 05, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (JC virus present in blood test)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel my JC virus titer level is high at 2.14, but there is presently no other drug with a safer side-effect profile, so I'm waiting for the next approved MS medication to switch to:-(
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 26, 2015 (Started Nov 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: 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)

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

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