A 34-year-old member asked:
anyone out there have ms and take avonex (interferon beta 1a)?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Gael Yonnet answered
14 years experience Neurology
See answer below: Avonex (interferon beta-1a, im once weekly) is a very common first line therapy for the management of ms. Other common first line agents include copaxone, Rebif and betaseron (interferon beta 1b).
Answered on Jul 9, 2014
Dr. William Shaffer answered
16 years experience Neurology
No: I am a neurologist who specializes in ms and has ms myself. I take Rebif myself.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
51 years experience Neurology
Better drugs present: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is the least potent agent and am not using in most pts anymore, other than those who have done well for yrs. No need to inject or have side effects from interferons, and Copaxone seems much safer if you must use a needle. But there are three oral agents, and one infusable drug once monthly. With these choices, why go to a drug, which on repetitive head-to-head studies always is inferior.
Answered on Aug 18, 2014
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