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DMF ‘reduces disease activity long-term in MS’

Delayed-release dimethyl fumarate (DMF, also known as gastro-resistant DMF) is effective at lowering disease activity long-term in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), according to Eva Havrdova, MD, of Charles University of Prague... Read More -
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Have Your doctor test lymphocyte count

I was bummed of course when I got the news of MS, but going on a safe oral was good news for me. I was immediately put on Tecfidera and had little to no side effects. I did everything to prepare for the worst side effects, but after two weeks it was smooth sailing. However, a year into it I started having skin issues and I lost a ton of my pigmentation due to vitiligo. ...
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Tecfidera Recurrent Side-effects (after initial side-effects

I have been on Tecfidera for a little over 2 years. I had the typical GI side-effects for 2 months when I first started the drug, but for the most part (except for 5 days of nausea 6 months into it) it has been smooth rolling until recently. Recently I had three weeks with nausea and a bloated and hard upper stomach. That went away but now I have been having diarrhea for one week. ...
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New to Tecfidera

Hi everyone,

I am new to the board and I got diagnosed woth MS last year. I will be starting Tecfidera after having a bad experience with Copsxone. Is there any side effects that I should expect?
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How similar are Tecfidera and Fumaderm?

I am asking because I have plans to do extensive traveling abroad and I am scratching my head as to how I might continue to take DMD's while I am gone. I would have to maintain an insurance policy stateside while I am gone to have it covered by insurance and that simply isn't possible. I do plan to have travel insurance but they do not cover pre-existing conditions. I was thinking if Tec and ...
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Second case of Tecfidera PML reported

Biogen Idec has reported another case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in a patient taking Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) to the FDA..... Read More -
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Techfedera - Side Effect Questions

Excuse my ignorance; however, our son was diagnosed with MS two months ago and just started the full dose on Monday. He is 28 years old.

Does flushing cause body temperature to raise? It goes to about 100.7 about 1.5 hours after taking dose
He is having sharp pains in his neck
He has developed a cough

Does any of this seem reflective to anyone else's side effects?

He did call the doctors office, and ...
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Tecfidera and certain foods causing flushing

Has anybody experienced flushing from certain foods such as tomato sauce or lemonade? I think it is the acid in these foods that is causing me to flare up. Could be nitrates as well. I had some summer sausage and it seemed to cause a flare up. Odd!
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Good news story (18 months on Tec)

Hi all,

just thought i would post a good news story to motivate those who may be struggling with Tec. When I started it i was hit really hard with the side effects - stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, intense flushing, itching, even hives. This lasted about 3 months for me but i was determined not to quit as i had already been on copaxone and after continued relapses and lesion formation through the 18 months ...
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Great MRI

I've been on Tecfidera since FDA approval and I would like to share my recent good news. Late last year I had my first MRI after taking Tecfidera for about a year and a half and after reviewing the MRI and comparing it to previous MRI's my neurologist told me that there was no new activity and that older lesions have faded and are possibly healing. YAHOO! After having been miserable taking Rebif and Copaxone, ...
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