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Avonex, Betaferon or Rebif?

Dear all,

I hope you can help me with deciding which is the best medication. I am newly diagnosed with MS. It has been a long and difficult diagnosis due to the fact that I do not have typical MS symptoms, except for the optical neuritis. I had the first optical neuritis attack in July 2009 and the second one in January 2010. I have seen three neurologists in Dubai and one in Germany. After ...
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Supplements, vitamins and herbal products?

The Avonex consumer information booklet says you should tell your doctor if you are taking any vitamins, mineral supplements or herbal products. Does anybody know why this is? What vitamins, supplements and herbal products are a no-no when taking Avonex? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Problem during injection - sudden shooting burning pain

I've been on Avonex for just under 3 years now. I started on the pre-filled syringe, and was switched to the powdered form to see if it would help with the terrible flu-like side effects I get that haven't let up. (It didn't help, but that's not what this post is about.)

Tonight, I attempted to do my Avonex shot at a normal place on my right thigh. Jabbed the needle in, and when it ...
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PEGylated Interferon Beta-1a Phase III - anybody on this is

Hi all,
I completed a trail with Firategrast a while ago and all was looking good during the trail and afterwards until a few months ago (about 2 years after stopping the medication) when I had a relapse.

My neurologist has suggested that I'm eligible to join a trail for PEGylated Interferon, which he says is like Avonex but you only have to inject every two weeks.

Reading about some of the problems people have ...
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Injection Locations

Does anyone know where I can find a diagram of the acceptable locations for the avonex injection? i.e. a picture of someones thigh with a shaded area, for example.

I want to make sure I am 'rotating' sites, but I'm nervous about choosing a location that is not appropriate. Also, in what location is that nerve that I hear people talking about? I'd hate to hit a nerve!!
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I have been on Avonex for 8 years. I started with the powdered form, and had bad side effects. Then they switched us all to the pre-filled form and the side effects were horrible. Chills and shaking that rocked the pictures off the wall, headache, muscle cramps and worst of all - depression. I was approved to switch back to the powdered form, and the side effects are less. However, the depression continues. Sometimes it ...
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Good results from 10 year study

First Ten-Year Follow-Up Shows That Treatment With AVONEX® Leads To Long-Term Benefits In Early Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Main Category: Multiple Sclerosis
Also Included In: Clinical Trials / Drug Trials; Pharma Industry / Biotech Industry
Article Date: 08 Sep 2009 - 1:00 PDT

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Starting Avonex, question

Hi All,

I'm about to start Avonex and have a question. This is a big deal for me and I don't want to take the first shot in front of a nurse, but in privacy with my wife. Will the nurse require that I take the first shot in her presence? I'm imagining they want to monitor that patients actually take the drug...

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Head Fogginess/MS Fatigue


I am just wondering if anyone has ever experienced extreme fatigue sydndromes I just came back from my neuro. I've been complaining about major fatigue for about a year now and I described to him about the strange fogginess in my head and that I could not lift up a piece of paper because of this. He is a wonderful doctor. He notates every single thing in his file that you say to him ...
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Sea-sickness/Motion sickness and MS

Does anyone have any problems with sea-sickness and their MS? I have never really had a problem with that, but I know that I do get car-sick if I am in the back seat or trying to read. I also have balance problems and slight issues with vertigo (both symptoms of my MS). It has been quite some time since I have been out on a boat in the middle of the ocean. The last ...
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