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Avonex efficiency

So my one year of Avonex finished and went for MRI.
First, did the brain MRI that showed no new lessions: what a happiness.
Then, did the cervical MRI and surprise: 3 new lessions. One 8mm, one 8.5mm and 1.2cm. I am so so scared...what does this mean? Is Avonex not working properly for me?
So I asked my neuro and he put it lk this: "MS is progressive. What did you expect? You should ...
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Avonex and anti depressants

My daughter was diagnosed 1.5 years ago (AGE 16) and is on Avonex, which seems to be causing moderate depressive symptoms for a few days around the injection. She also suffers from mild to moderate OCD and at some point may decide to take Cipralex or another anti anxiety medication. Any experience, out there, with similar circumstances?
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Avonex without side effects

Just wanted to post that I bit the bullet for my kids & took my first Avonex shot last night. I agonized over the decision because of what I have read about the horrible side effects.

I have an ulcer so I took a Prilosec OTC (generic) 4 hours before my shot. Then I took 400mg of Ibuprophen (generic) 2 hours before my shot with 1 generic Benadryl (yes of course generic ) I drank ...
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Anyone else can't take Nsaids? (Ibuprophen/Aleve)

I hated Copaxone... going to try Avonex.

Anyone else on here who can not take Nsaids? I have ulcers. Nothing but Tylenol for me & I am a bit worried I will get a sky high fever. Tylenol doesn't work very well for me with big fevers. One Ibuprophen & I am bleeding.

Anyone do ok with just Tylenol?
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Would anyone mind giving me some feedback?

I was on Avonex for years starting in 1997(?) ending in 2006 because I wanted to have a baby. Being on Avonex kindof sucked, but not THAT bad (I was expecting to be down for the count all week, but it was typically only the night of injection). Now, after having my second child, I am back to seeing a neuro. She really, REALLY wants me back on Avonex, and I really REALLY don't want ...
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daily headaches on Avonex

Hi, I was on Avonex for 4 yrs and recently advised by neuro to stop. I was experiencing a headache everyday for 3mos.
My las injection was almost 2 months ago, today I'm in day 3 of a relapse.??? Don't know if it's related but I don't have anymore headaches.
Can anyone relate?
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Treating depression caused by Avonex

I have quit taking the antidepressant prescribed by by neuro because I didn't like the side effects. I am researching more natural ways to treat depression/anxiety. What can anyone tell me about Sam-e? I have St. John's wort, folic acid, and Omega 3. I am considering adding Sam-e, but want some feedback from some of you who may be taking it.
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starting avonex

Hi everyone,
I've just started taking avonex, I've had 2 injections so far & only half doses to wean me onto it. The nurse said the top outer quadrant of the buttock is a good place and the most comfortable, the 2 injections I've had so far were on each buttock and the next 2 will be the thighs. My qustion about this is when I rotate injection sites, once I come back to the ...
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Avonex, weight gain, side effecs, etc.

I have gained 10 pounds in the last year--been on Avonex 14 months. I was told the weight gain was due to Lexapro, which I was prescribed for anxiety. I got tired of taking the Lexapro, and AMA, I quit. I started weaning slowly, got tired of that, and just stopped. Haven't noticed any difference in the way I feel, so I figure it wasn't that effective anyway. However, the weight hasn't gone away. I ...
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Liberation Treatment

Hi, is there anyone out there who has had the Liberation Treatment and was taking Avonex. If so, did you stop the Avonex or are you still taking it? Thank you.
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