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Anybody take Interferon and has no side effects?

Reason I'm asking is that I'm on a trial of the hopefully, longer lasting Interferon 1B.

To date I've had 3 injections and experienced nothing like a side effect. This leads me to suspect that I'm on a placebo rather than real stuff, unless of course I'm very lucky and not suspect to any of the published side effects.

Anybody else take interferons with no side-effects?
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And were off!!!

And were off!! I gave myself my first Avonex injection at 1pm today! I am beginning to feel really achey, but hopefully this is as bad as it gets :?
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New Blood Test Predicts Who Will Benefit From Interferons

A simple blood test is now available to predict who will and who will not benefit by using Interferons. No more guess work. No more trying to figure out will it work for me, which one will work, is it working or not.

Ask your neurologist about this.

The underlines are mine. It's pretty extraordinary that the test is currently available but "more study is needed" Ask your doctor now.

This is from I'll ...
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prefilled injections

Hi there! I am new to TIMS however I have been a lurker for many months. I am currently taking Avonex. I am on injection #6. I have been gradually working up from 1/4 dose to full dose coming up next week. My question is I have noticed a small air bubble in the prefilled vile. Do I remove the air bubble before I inject? Or do I just inject it all to insure all ...
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Switching from Copaxone to Avonex

I was on Copaxone but suffered extreme skin reactions and my ms nurse and consultant said I had to stop taking them and try a different dmd!!

After much research - a lot of which I got from this sight - I have made the decision to try Avonex. One of my reasons is that it doesn't cause skin site reactions! BUT and it is a very big but I have read about the chills ...
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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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