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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Avonex (Overview)

Avonex is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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What is the difference between avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

What is the difference between avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

Two different drugs: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is betainterferon 1a (like rebif) Copaxone is a copolymer with a different type of action. Rebif is subcutaneous injections 3x per week. Copaxone is daily s/c injection. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
18 doctors shared insights

Avonex (Overview)

Avonex is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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Is anyone familiar with the drug avonex (interferon beta 1a) ?

Is anyone familiar with the drug avonex (interferon beta 1a) ?

Yes!! : Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is a disease modifying drug, a betainterferon 1 a that is given intramuscularly once a week in remitting/relapsing multiple sclerosis for prevention of attacks. ...Read more

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Dxd w/ MS in 2010, tried avonex (interferon beta 1a) & copaxone but it was stopped b/c bad reactions. Same thing w/ plaquinil for my lupus work up. What could do that?

Dxd w/ MS in 2010, tried avonex (interferon beta 1a) & copaxone but it was stopped b/c bad reactions. Same thing w/ plaquinil for my lupus work up. What could do that?

OK, let's sort out.: Do you really have ms or do you have lupus, which can mimic, or do you have both? You need an experienced expert at a good medical school to sort this out. Once all is clarified and confirmed, and indeed if you have ms, do not use the old washed out drugs; rather, consider one of the orals or tysabri (natalizumab). Regardless of diagnosis, you should be taking supplemental vitamin d. Get a new opinion. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take avonex (interferon beta 1a) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take avonex (interferon beta 1a) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Not a good idea: All interferons are considered to have potential for teratogenic risk, and should be discontinued prior to conception and pregnancy. Meds should be restarted after labor and delivery, but if breastfeeding, would not take Avonex (interferon beta 1a) at that time either. Copaxone far safer for pregnancy and works far better than avonex, (interferon beta 1a) which is clearly the least effective ms drug on the market. Consider a change. ...Read more

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Is anyone familiar with the drug avonex (interferon beta 1a) ?

Yes!! : Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is a disease modifying drug, a betainterferon 1 a that is given intramuscularly once a week in remitting/relapsing multiple sclerosis for prevention of attacks. ...Read more

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Is the best time to take avonex (interferon beta 1a) in the morning?

Doesn't matter: As far as I know Avonex (interferon beta 1a) must be injected intramuscularly once a week The timing is not important ...Read more

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Does anyone know how to deal with symptoms of avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

Does anyone know how to deal with symptoms of avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

Yes?! : The most common symptom is a flu like syndrome, usually lessens as you continue the injections antiinflammatoty meds (such as brufen, indocid etc) and in severe cases a dose of steroids help. ...Read more

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What is the structure of avonex (interferon beta 1a)? What does it do in the body?

What is the structure of avonex (interferon beta 1a)? What does it do in the body?

Response: Avonex, (interferon beta 1a) a minimally effective interferon, is intended to slow inflammatory cellular invasion of central nervous system in MS. An extremely poor choice these days in presence of 12 more effective drugs. Side effects such as general malaise, flu-like reactions, depression, thyroid issues, liver problems, fatigue and need to inject limit use. If you wish to view structure, visit Wikipedia. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Interferon Beta 1a (Definition)

Interferon beta-1A is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more