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Struggling with Tecfidera side effects

Prior to commencing Tecfidera I read with interest various ways to counteract the side effects of this medication & felt well prepared going into battle (thank you Ladymac et al for all the suggestions put out there...). The first week of the 120mg twice daily regime went relatively smoothly with a little bit of flushing, but nothing that aspirin didn't ward off. Tecfidera doesn't seem to like an empty stomach, so besides taking it with ...
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Side effects after 3 weeks on Tecfidera

I have noticed aches in my joints, bloating, extreme fatigue and depression. When I talk to the nurse, she says, hopefully, in time, these side effects will go away. It has been three weeks, and I am considering stopping the medication, with a consultation with my neurologist, of course.
I am on other medications for my heart. I have A-Fibrillation and Cardiomyopathy. I had a double bypass in 2005. I was always healthy until I ...
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about to stop after 8 weeks? no relief yet..

ok, so first post here. but I really need some inspiring news here to keep me on tecfidera. before tec, I was on copaxone for 1.5 years, then got pregnant with third, then nursing, etc... so after all of that, I decided to get on tecfidera.
started may 15 of this year with a month of the 120mg (slipped through the cracks I guess, thought I could only get a week of it) then started ...
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Tecfidera and the niacin-like reaction

I have been on Tecfidera almost a year and I still get a niacin like reaction. I take an aspirin an hour before eating and taking the pill to no avail. Recently I temporarily lowered the dose to one daily as I was running out and still was experiencing the same. Noticed that eating ice cream helps. other symptoms i.e. GI have been absent. Any thoughts?
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Tecfidera side effects

I have been taking Tecfidera for three months. From the start I have had severe flushing, GI discomfort (taking 40mg omeprazole daily) loss of appetite and gradual onset of depression and general mental fogginess. The side effects got so bad that my neuro told me to cut back down to 240mg once daily for a month and see how I feel and to add anti-depressants to my daily drug cocktail.

On the plus side I ...
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Tecfiera - Dont be afraid!

Thank you so much for visiting my post. I am sure you're reading this right now with some reservations and fears about taking Tecfidera. After reading all the horror stories online I was so insanely scared I was going to be on my bathroom floor rolling around in abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea for a month. However, I am actually quite surprised at how the last two months have turned out. I listened to LadyMac's ...
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MS drug Tecfidera's gastrointestinal side-effects......

MS drug Tecfidera's gastrointestinal side-effects influence ongoing use

Large proportions of patients starting on dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) for multiple sclerosis appear to need additional medications to manage the drug's gastrointestinal and other adverse effects, and a substantial minority are ultimately unable to tolerate the drug, multiple studies reported here found.

These findings were confirmed in the manufacturer's own studies -- for example, more than half of patients in an open-label study took over-the-counter medications to ...
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New data reinforce efficacy of Tecfidera®

New data reinforce efficacy of Tecfidera® in MS patients with high disease activity

New data reinforce the efficacy of Tecfidera in a wide range of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), as well as support its favorable safety and tolerability profile in the real-world setting. These data were presented by Biogen Idec at the 66th American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting in Philadelphia...... Read More -
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Tecfidera approved by Scottish Medicines Consortium

A new oral drug for people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is to be made available in Scotland.

Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) a first-line oral treatment could be an alternative to injectable medication for people with the most common form of multiple sclerosis (RRMS).... Read More -
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Alcohol and Tecfidera

Dear all,

I got a question about tecfidera. I'm from germany and Tecfidera was approved in Germany few months ago. My doctor told me that the americans use it since few years.
I can't find answears in german forums because there is not enough experience.

My question is: Is it possible to drink some beer after work and few hours later i can take tecfidera ? Or is that inadvisable ? My doctor says its ...
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