BETASERON (interferon beta-1b}

By jefff Added at October 7, 2015 Views 1,757 Reviews 2

BETASERON is a prescription medicine used to reduce the number of flare-ups in people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RRMS). This includes people who have had their first symptoms of multiple sclerosis and have an MRI consistent with multiple sclerosis. BETASERON will not cure MS.

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jefff October 7, 2015 at 3:52 am   

When I was first diagnosed with RRMS, I was given this form of treatment until my heart had issues, but for those of you just beginning with your newly diagnosed RRMS, it is a vital therapy / treatment to begin with…so make it happen! jefff

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jefff October 7, 2015 at 3:50 am   
Pros

BETASERON is a prescription medicine used to reduce the number of relapses in people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RRMS). It may help significantly delay time to a second flare-up compared to placebo (conversion to clinically definite MS).

With the BETAPLUS program, you're not alone. Starting with one-on-one injection training in your home if needed, your BETA Nurse gets to know you—and stays in touch as well. They are and can be used as a Guide for you to the many resources you may need and can deliver practical information, including tips on managing certain side effects. They can assist you with challenges as they arise or they can help you stay motivated throughout your treatments. These Betaplus1 Specialist can offer you financial assistance like paying $0 every month. You may be covered for up to $14,500 in copay assistance each calendar year. Some restrictions apply* and are based on yearly income. You can call 1-800-788-1467 for support as well as information regarding your financial assistance.

Cons

BETASERON is given by injection under your skin (subcutaneous injection) every other day, so you have to become comfortable over time and at ease. If you miss a dose, you should take your next dose as soon as you remember or are able to take it. Your next injection should be taken about 48 hours (2 days) after that dose. Do not take BETASERON on 2 consecutive days. If you accidentally take more than your prescribed dose, or take it on 2 consecutive days, call your healthcare provider right away.

Do not reuse any vials, syringes, or needles. It is important for you to change your injection site each time you inject BETASERON. This will lessen the chance of you having a serious skin reaction at the site where you inject and thereby avoid injecting BETASERON into an area of skin that is sore, reddened, infected or has other problems.

BETASERON will not cure MS but may decrease the number of flare-ups of the disease.

A few side-effects are as follows:
- Liver Problems Including Liver Failure.
- Serious Allergic Reactions should be taken seriously.
- Depression or Suicidal thoughts should not be taken lightly.

The most common side effects include low white blood cell counts, increases in your liver enzymes, headaches, increases in your muscle tension, pain, rashes, problems sleeping, stomach pains/cramping, General Weakness, Seizures, Flu-like Symptoms, Injection Site Problems.

In addition to the above: a worsening of heart problems that may include congestive heart failure to be swollen ankles, shortness of breath, decreased ability to exercise, fast heartbeat, tightness in chest, increased need to urinate at night, not being able to lay flat in bed.

***Risk to Pregnancy***