Extavia (interferon beta-1b)

By jefff Added at August 28, 2015 Views 1,391 Reviews 2

It's a prescription medication approved for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) to reduce the frequency of episodes. EXTAVIA is also for patients who have had a single episode and MRI findings consistent with MS.

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jefff August 28, 2015 at 6:50 pm   

All though I am past the beginning stages of my MS treatments, this sounds like a decent alternative to Copaxone if you are allergic to it…and it's a subcutaneous injection only! The AutoInjector can handle this with ease…good product! jefff

jefff
jefff August 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm   
Pros

EXTAVIA is effective, and proven to delay the second episode in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). It has been shown to reduce the rate of moderate-to-severe relapses. The recommended dose of is 0.25 mg taken every other day through manual injection or with the EXTAVIA Auto-Injector II. It does not need to be refrigerated as an unmixed powder. After mixing however, it must be used right away or refrigerated and used within 3 hours…EXTAVIA is administered subcutaneously just under the skin using a short needle.

Cons

EXTAVIA is a prescription medicine, so if you're allergic to interferon beta-1b or another interferon beta, do not take. Also do not take if allergic to human albumin or mannitol.

Other issues are liver problems, eye yellowing, itchy skin, a felling of being very tired/drowsy, flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, bruising easily, bleeding problems, breathing issues, swallowing issues, swelling of the mouth/tongue, rash, depression, anxiety, and skin bumps.

There is also an issue with a low white blood cell count.