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

does it get worse before getting better

I think I've mentioned this here before, but I think I was alone on this. I'm still trying to make Tec work, and am on my sixth attempt. What happens is about a week into the half dose, I start getting all kinds of new MS symptoms. These disappear when I discontinue the drug. For example, I just started getting the hug tonight--never had that before. Or I'll start feeling wobbly on my feet, or ...
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First 3 months

Hi everyone,

I'm 28 years old and I was diagnosed with MS this past July. I have the common form with times of regression. I immediately started taking Tecfidera. Side effects I have experienced have been flushing accompanied by itching (flushing can be intense), weight gain, bloating, stiffness of joints (I believe due to bloating), and intense menstrual cramps.
The pain experienced before and during my cycle is the worst side effect. The first 2 ...
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first PML case on tecfidera

Caveat emptor ... 9720141022

Biogen reported the first case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in a Tecfidera patient, who had been part of a clinical trial and was taking the drug for 4-1/2 years.

The patient, who died of pneumonia, had been suffering severe lymphopenia, a low white blood cell condition, for more than three years, which Biogen said was a risk factor for developing PML.

Biogen, which ...
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Elevated Liver Numbers!

I've been on Tec for 4 weeks, 3 weeks at the standard dose and I've had a few mishaps with my labs. Initially, when I got labs to start the medication I had a borderline ANC of 1.8 which was concerning since Tec drops WBC counts. My neuro is being especially cautious and has ordered labs at 1,3, and 6 months so I just went in for my one month draw yesterday. The good news ...
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dry mouth?

I have been on this med for 4 months and the flushing only comes once in a while. But I have had extreme dry mouth ever since I started the medication. It usually starts within 3-4 hours of taking my first dose of the day. Does anyone else have this? If so what can I do to get rid of it?
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NICE recommends new treatment option for MS

NICE recommends new treatment option for multiple sclerosis Tecfidera (Dimethyl fumarate)

In final guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the use of Biogen Idec’s multiple sclerosis drug, dimethyl fumarate (also called Tecfidera).

The NHS now has a legal obligation to begin funding this treatment for eligible patients within the next 3 months...... Read More -
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My post was here but now it's gone. Can anyone tell me if aspirin will help with the intense itching from Tec? the flushing, or rather skin crawling with fire followed by pins and needles-ish itching kept me up all night and I ended up calling in sick today because I was so wiped out. Obviously, this is not a sustainable solution for dealing with side effects.

Can others please tell me what they do ...
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Tecfidera, my blog

Hi there,

I'm new here. Diagnosed with MS, about 6 months ago and started Tecfidera about two weeks ago.

I started a blog, initially meant to track my progress with Tecfidera. Basically, have a testimony of the good or the bad whichever comes as forums, naturally, show more bad than good. Which is normal because you tend to go there when things don't go great.

I'll try to keep it updated and cover more about ...
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Tecfidera - Light Headedness?

Hi All,
I am new to posting on the board but have been a long time reader. Everyone who adds to the dialogue are truly wonderful people for sharing and sharing some more of their personal stories.
My question: I have been on Tecfidera for roughly 9 weeks (2 months; 1 week). For the passed month I have been experiencing terrible light headedness. Not as much dizzy, no vertigo, just as if my blood sugar ...
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Tecfidera side effect: hair loss?

I have been experiencing a major increase in the amount of hair that I naturally lose from washing hair/brushing hair. It started a few weeks ago but seems to be gradually getting worse. My thyroid levels are good and haven't had any crazy I'm assuming this is a side effect of Tecfidera. I haven't seen a lot of other people experiencing the same thing on this particular medication though. Luckily I had really thick ...
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