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Choosing Meds - Insurance Issues?

Hey! I was recently diagnosed with RRMS and given three different beginning drug choices. Tecfidera, Gilenya, and Copaxone. I was told that my insurance (Fidelis Medicaid) would fully cover the Copaxone, but that they don't currently cover either Gilenya or Tecfidera. However, the neuro resident I met with concerning the med information was very confident that although they would decline covering the medication a first time, so long as they re-submitted it a second time ...
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One month on Tec

I have now been using tecfidera for one month. This is my first drug against MS, actually my first drug ever not counting the occasional antibiotic.
1 week on the low dose and three on full dose, these are my experiences.

First week on tec I got some flushing. It varied from mild blush to full-scale tomato woman. The flushing lasted about an hour every time. I had a mild nausea, nothing that I ...
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Tecfidera & Constipation?

I have been on Tecfidera for a little over 2 years now. For the first 6 months or so I had stomach pains and nausea with occasional vomiting. All that has pretty much disappeared. I also had the flushing, which I still get, but for a short amount of time. It's tolerable. Since I started taking Tecfidera though, I have been have problems with constipation. This seems to be not the norm, since many are ...
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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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