Depression and Betaseron

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Depression and Betaseron

Postby musicman » Wed May 05, 2010 12:44 pm

Hi all. I imagine this may have been covered but please bear with me. I have been experiencing an increase in depression since I started Betaseron. It's been three months now and my mood has steadily declined. Can this be attributed to this medication? I do have bipolar disorder and it was stable prior to starting betaseron. I'm going to talk to my neuro ASAP but thought I'd see what other folks have exerienced. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Depression and Betaseron

Postby NHE » Fri May 07, 2010 11:14 pm

musicman wrote:Hi all. I imagine this may have been covered but please bear with me. I have been experiencing an increase in depression since I started Betaseron. It's been three months now and my mood has steadily declined. Can this be attributed to this medication?


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Postby musicman » Sat May 08, 2010 3:01 pm

Thanks NHE. I've talked to my neuro and he suggested stopping Betaseron immediately pending further reassessment. Aah, back to the drawing board I guess.
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Postby LR1234 » Sat May 08, 2010 3:40 pm

I got depressed taking steroids for a relapse and I never get depression. I am sure Betaseron could have a similar effect.
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Postby Alexandra » Sat May 08, 2010 9:27 pm

I am not a depressed person at all and while taking steroids I had a very bad depression. I am on Avonex for 3 weeks now and I can already see a mood change, so for sure at the quantity of interferon you are taking on Betaseron is more then possible.
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Postby musicman » Sun May 09, 2010 8:13 pm

Thanks folks. I appreciate the comments. :)
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Postby oreo » Mon May 10, 2010 6:56 am

Musicman, you left out a piece of important information. While you have implied that you started Betaseron about three months ago, you have not mentioned when you were first diagnosed with MS.
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Postby musicman » Mon May 10, 2010 8:43 am

oreo, I was first diagnosed in 1991. Was on Copaxone for many years, then to Betaseron.
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