My experience with Avonex

A board to discuss the Multiple Sclerosis modifying drug Avonex

Postby rc_boro » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:51 am

sh8un wrote:Hi all,
In talking to another MSer who uses Avonex, we felt that we were very dose dependent. I feel more MSy they closer I get to the next shot. After my shot I feel better. I was just wondering if there are others who feel the same way??? I was thinking that maybe I need something at a higher dose? any thoughts on that? Also, since they don't know a whole lot about how interferons work...does anyone else believe that they are less susceptible to viral infections????

Not all weeks, but some weeks I have felt that way. Nearing my injection day I get transient sensations and such that seem to go away the day after my injectiion. I have thought about talking to my neuro about going to twice a week Avonex. I have heard in studies though it hasn't shown more effectiveness, but I'll ask his opinion on the idea when I see him on the 19th.

From what I learned about inerferons in biology courses and from my own experiences with Avonex I do believe there is an anti-viral component. I can't even remember the last time I had a cold.
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Postby sh8un » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:59 am

Wow...that's so great. I should have been a resaercher. :lol: I did not know that you can take double the dose. That would be great if you can ask your neuro. I don't have an app. yet so I won't be to ask for a while.
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Postby jim4030 » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:06 pm

I cannot say if avonex is very effective or not but one thing i am sure is that it has given me for this year quite a lot of muscle aching. I stopped taking
avonex since a month ago because it started to give me sinus infections and that added to the pains, i would not be able to withstand it.
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My experience with Avonex

Postby tmcdaniel » Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:38 am

I have been using Avonex (Prefilled Syr Kit 4's 30MCG) going on 4 months now. I'm very fortuante I have detected my MS in the earliest stage. I only have mild numbness and/or tingling that moves throughout my body. It took me 3 injections before my body was getting use to the medication. I stopped having hot-cold fevers, shaking, & vivid dreams, but now only have mild head preasure, headache, and body ache starting 3-4 hours after my shot. This usualy last for 18 hours. I only take one 500 mg Tylonel one hour before my shot and another 500 mg Tylenol PM a hour after my shot. I do think my MS is progressing and my systoms are more often and more severe. I can not conclude at this time on what I think taking Avonex has or has not done for MS. I do think a healthy diet, proper rest, and trust in the heavenly father is more important than the current drugs.
As for God, His way is perfect;The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
-Psalm 18:30
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