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Tecfidera side effects

I'm on day 15. I had flushing, the itchy rash, (those have since dissipated) and gastrointestinal issues. For the last three days I've been waking up (11:30/12 on the dot; 5/6 hours after my evening dose) with a fever, chills, and last night I even vomited.

Has anyone else had these symptoms? I saw that a few people on ms world have.

I called my neurologist and one of her nurses called me back and argued with me, like I wasn't feeling this way because of the new drugs...."only inter/beta ferons give patients flu symptoms...." & "a fever isn't something ms causes..."
Well no (expletive)!!

I think I've had ms long enough to know such a thing.

Anyway....does anyone have any tips-? I'm going to take an ibuprofen or something when I go to bed tonight. I hope that it helps.




Has anybody here taken Aubagio? My neuro is thinking about a change to my meds, because I've had the infamous post-injection reaction to Copaxone too many times. Also because I haven't had an MS relapse for over 3 years, but I don't understand her logic there: if Copaxone has stopped my relapses, please don't take away my Copaxone!

Note to this comm's Mod: please can we have an 'Aubagio' tag?

Radio interview TODAY about MS research - postponed, hopefully next week

I've just received this email.

'I will be on BBC Radio 5 Live tomorrow together with Prof Robin Franklin and other MS researchers discussing some of the pioneering projects you're helping to fund.

It would be great if you could tune in.

We'll talk about myelin repair, progressive MS and newly available treatments. You'll hear first hand how your donations and campaigning are helping change people's lives and the challenges which lie ahead.

Shelagh Fogarty show, BBC Radio 5 Live
Tuesday, 9 July

If you can't listen in, please check out the Shelagh Fogarty show on BBC iPlayer.

I hope you enjoy the show.

Best wishes,

Ed Holloway
Head of Care and Services Research '

Request to this comm's Mod: please can we have tags 'myelin' and 'progression'?
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1st Day Tecfidera

I got my starter pack of Tecfidera(BG-12) yesterday. I have read up on it including some forums and blogs I came across. I am doing what most people seem to recommend. I ate this morning, took some aspirin and some benedryl. I also have a nice cold bottle of water waiting on me. I really hope this works for me because I am beyond sick of injections. Any else on this? Anyone interested in me posting about how it goes? I have all my fingers and toes crossed and have said some prayers.


Tecfidera: a new drug for multiple sclerosis

Has anybody here taken Tecfidera aka BG-12? Here's a blog post about it and here's the MS Trust's factsheet about it.

As always, I'm a bit put off by cries of 'wonderful' about the latest MS treatment. How well does it work? How nasty are the side effects, for real people under real conditions? Taking a tablet instead of an injection seems trivial to me, after the years I've been almost trouble-free on Copaxone. But I'm open to persuasion.

If and when Tecfidera gains approval for use in Britain, I'll ask my excellent neurologist what she thinks. She didn't give me Gilenya because, she says, people died during the clinical trial. I haven't seen the original science about that.

To this comm's Mod: please can we have a Tecfidera tag?


Hey everyone!

I'm a newbie not only to the community, but also to RRMS in general (diagnosed on the 4th of January). Started on Copaxone on the 26th of January. I'm a nurse, so I knew a bit about MS before, but not a it's different to actually live it, isn't it?

It started with an episode of optic neuritis (and a few other things) in early December. Looking back, I'd had an episode of numbness/weakness/lack of coordination last spring.

And it's nice to know that the ongoing fatigue isn't just in my mind!

So far the Copaxone is going fairly well. I had minimal injection site reactions up until yesterday. Yesterday and the day before were injections in my arms. Both fine initially, but about 8 hours after yesterday's injection, both of the sites (day before too) plus the site on one of my arms from last week's injection, swelled up to about 2.5-3" in diameter. It looks & itches like my mosquito bites always are! (They do tend to be big...). Weird that it was delayed reaction?

I use the autoject for my arms & hips since those are harder to reach, and manually inject on my legs and abdomen.

I know the nurse who came out from Shared Solutions for my injection training said if it creates big lumps to try setting it to inject deeper, but.....this is more like a mosquito bite type thing than a lump...?

I've tried cold packs, but it only helps while it's on the site. I've also tried hydrocortisone cream (helps for a few hours), as well as fexofenadine (took it right before bed. Not my best timing...not sure if it helped).

Do any Copaxone veterans have suggestions? I think I may try manual injections next week to see if that makes a difference (or not)


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New MS drugs seeking approval

Here in Britain, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is doing 'technology appraisals' on four new drugs for relapsing-remitting MS or relapsing MS (whatever that means: secondary progressive?) The drugs are alemtuzumab, dimethyl fumarate, laquinimod and teriflunomide. Here's what NICE says about the technology appraisals it's doing.

I'm a scientist but this isn't my kind of science. Anybody understand these new drugs? I'll be guided by my neuro's opinion and by the MS Society. Meanwhile, I'm content with my Copaxone.