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Hair loss on Avonex

Hi there,
I've just begun taking Avonex - I've taken my third injection and have noticed that I am losing a lot of hair (I actually noticed this from the first week). I haven't lost clumps of hair, or seen any bald spots on my scalp, but the increase in hair loss is definitely noticeable. I just wanted to know whether anyone else has experienced this,and whether this will subside soon, or is it going ...
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after what time?

Hi everybody. I switched from Tysabri to Avonex. Could you please tell me after what time of taking it I could feel a bit better? 1 INJECT aVONEX once a week. yesterday I had my 10th injection ('s 2,5 months already). I am not sure if Avonex works for me...
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Ughh horrible

i have been on avonex for 3 months now, after being taken off rebif. I honestly feel worse on the shots than i did when i wasnt on them. I have had more problems walking, talking, thinking, everything. Needless to say, today i decided to stop the shots, at least for a while. So many people have called me stupid for this decision. MS is hard enough to deal with. I dont need shots making ...
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Daughter in law with MS

I have a daughter in law with MS and her doctor prescribed Avonex. The next day she needed a cain to walk. I have been trying to get her to try Dr. Swanks diet but for some reason she would rather do the drugs. I am trying to understand why? Everything I have seen shows the drugs do not work. Does anyone have a study showing these drugs work? Is it just believing the doctor ...
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Side effects?

I've been on Avonex for 4 months. After shot, every Saturday I feel terrible, like a bus hit me. I don't have any strentgth to get up from my bed. And all Saturday I have big numbness in my right hand (like relapse). I can't to use this hand. I can't hold a pen.
But on Sunday I feel good and my right hand is good.
I don't know what thinking about my right ...
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Genetic sensitivity to interferon-beta

My father recently had a DNA profile done and one of the traits that came back was a significantly increased sensitivity to interferon beta.

"This study examined 199 patients from Spain with clinically diagnosed relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis who had received interferon beta treatment for at least two years. The authors classified patients as “non-responders” if, over the two year period of interferon beta treatment, they had two or more disease relapses, or if their Expanded ...
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Mixed results seen for immediate MS treatment


Multiple sclerosis patients had fewer relapses with immediate treatment of clinically isolated disease but no improvement in disability outcomes, data from a randomized trial showed.

Patients who received immediate treatment with interferon had a 36% lower 10-year odds for progression to clinically definite MS and lower relapse rates at five and 10 years.

However, disability scores, MRI-visible lesions, and the rate of progressive disease at 10 years all did not differ between patients randomized ...
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Avonex side efects two times in the week


I'm writing from Poland. Sorry for my English.
My girl started Avonex 3 months ago. She always takes shot on Friday evening. Then later and all Saturday has always side effects. She takes something like Tylenol or Advil. Next day - on Sunday always everything is good.
Now I'm writing problem, something what disturb us. Sometimes (two - three times in month) in one day since Monday do Thursday she has come back side ...
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Feet and Ankle Swelling

I am new to the website, diagnosed 6 years ago been on Avonex since day one. Flue like symptoms early on but have lessened over the years, lately just tired & achy the day after the shot. This week my ankles and feet are extremely swollen it has happened before but did not notice if it coincided with the shot.
Anyone else have this?
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