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Discuss Tecfidera (BG-12, dimethyl fumarate) as an oral treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Hubby may start on Tecfidera, questions

We are heading to the MS clinic today where my husband may be starting on Tecfidera. Long story short, dx w/ ms as a teen 30 years ago, told it was benign, clear now that it wasn't and he's been significantly impacted. Not clear that there have been any new lesions but certainly worsening of function.

My husband also had a whipple surgery 6 years ago due to a pancreatic tumor (benign thank goodness) ...
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Have modified Tecfidera startups been successful?

I started Tecfidera 4/10/15, with 240 mg twice a day beginning a week later as indicated. Having constant stomach issues now, and am considering stopping Tec permanently. Has anyone had success after MD modified startup schedule, eg taking 120 mg tablets for more than just a week?
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Biogen announces latest Tecfidera data

Biogen has announced new data that continues to support Tecfidera as an effective, long-term treatment for people who are living with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS)..... Read More -
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PML death linked to Tecfidera

The brain infection progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) has killed a Dutch psoriasis patient who was taking a high dose of a drug with ingredients similar to Tecfidera.

Tecfidera is used for multiple sclerosis, which the Dutch patient didn’t have, and the medicine was made in a compounding pharmacy and not by Biogen. Yet, according to, doctors claim the case suggests the infection could emerge in people who aren’t showing warning signs...... Read More - ...
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very late period.

I have been on tec since the 5th jan and i had a normal peroid in feb but it has now been 56 days since last period and i am definately not pregnant.
Is this happening to anyone else? how long did you have to wait between periods?
And did it make your period worse when it came on again?
Thanks for any reply, im freaking out a bit ...
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BG12 ...compounding pharm

Cigna denied my script for tec so I found a compounding pharmacy in Houston..the cost is 150.00 per
Mo. Walgreens cost for tec is 11,000 per mo. Big pharm is very proud of this stuff! Keep plugging along, don't give up!
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**IMPORTANT** PML & Tecfidera

I can't help it...I need to know that others are seeing this, too, especially if you are JC-Virus positive, and are currently taking Tecfidera. This is an excellent article!

Please let me know your thoughts. I'm just a little bit freaked out...
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Joint Pain

Hi everyone, new to the board but not MS. I had been taking Copaxone since I was diagnosed in 2006. But I've recently began taking Tecfidera twice a day. I've had some flushing in the beginning and I learned to take the meds w food. Otherwise I will have terrible stomach pain. But my main issue seems to be this joint pain. I've never had it before but maybe a month into taking this I ...
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Starting Tecfidera Soon

Hey everyone I'm a new MS diagnosed 23 year old choosing to have tecfidera ordered as my first medication. Do any of you have any advice for me? Is this a good option for my first medication? I appreciate the support.
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Low CD8+ T cell counts found with MS drug Tecfidera

A recent study found that patients taking dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) had low counts of CD8+ T cells, though their overall levels of lymphocytes were within the normal range. The findings suggest that doctors may want to monitor specific lymphocyte levels in addition to doing full blood cell counts.

In November 2014, Biogen Idec confirmed its first case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare brain infection, in a patient taking dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera), and complications ...
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