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# OF INJECTIONS: Both Avonex and Copaxone are drugs of the 90's, and have helped numerous pts. Copaxone is injected daily, does have injection rxtns, yet is considered safer for pregnancy. Avonex is injected once weekly, but can cause flu rxtns, depression, thyroid and liver issues, and is not safe for pregnancy. Both are modestly effective, but many newer agents have better outcomes (tysabri, gilenya, (fingolimod) etc). ...Read more
Avonex (interferon beta 1a) v Copaxone: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is an injection given to a muscle once per week. It is a deep shot. Copaxone is a superficial shot given under the skin every day. The retail costs of the medicines are about the same. They are both expensive; insurance coverage may be important. Avonex (interferon beta 1a) sometimes may cause flu-like side effect symptoms, copaxone may not. Both can cause irritation by the injection site. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have to give myself the avonex (interferon beta 1a) shots how can I get over being afraid of the needle?
Pen: There is an Avonex (interferon beta 1a) pen with a needle which is about half the length of a preloaded syringe. It can be given once a week by just clicking the injection pen and is minimally discomforting if at all. If you have fear of this, consult with a nurse in your doctors office and they can work with you to show you that your fears are not as bad as you think and that you can get over this. Good luck. ...Read more
MS and AVONEX (interferon beta 1a): Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is often prescribed for ms.Side effects are mild1 flu like symptoms, headache and muscle pain are the most common side effects of avonex2 it can causeabdominal pain, toothache and dizziness most of the side effects are mild and do not need any treatment or can be treated easily. 3 unusual bruising or bleeding or frequent infections or chest pain can be serious and seek medical help asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just started taking Avonex (interferon beta 1a) for about a month. It is giving me horrible headaches. I have been taken Advil with no relief. Is there something else?
Antibiotics: if you are taking any medicine that is giving you " horrible" side effect for a month that you can not control it is time to call you doctor for help. ...Read more
MS and AVONEX (interferon beta 1a): Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is often prescribed for ms.Side effects are mild1 flu like symptoms, headache and muscle pain are the most common side effects of avonex2 it can causeabdominal pain, toothache and dizziness most of the side effects are mild and do not need any treatment or can be treated easily. 3 unusual bruising or bleeding or frequent infections or chest pain can be serious and seek medical help asap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can relocating from India to US increase risk of MS relapse? Disease is stable on Avonex (interferon beta 1a) in India. Environment Change = relapse? Shd I avoid travel?
Advice: 1. OK to travel 2. Risk of relapse should be similar in US 3. Avonex is NOT my drug of choice, and will likely need to be changed in future due to low level of efficacy. Three oral drugs exist in US, and include Aubagio, Tecfidera, and Gilenya, (fingolimod) and might be a good choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have Multiple Sclerosis and have been taking Avonex (interferon beta 1a) Injection since March 2014. I am now experiencing several symptoms of side effects from it. Stom?
Suggestions: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is an interferon, and causes a multitude of adverse side effects, and due to it's minimal potency, and need for injecting, I no longer use in any of my patients. There are better tolerated oral meds on the market, and even the injectable Copaxone would provide less side effects, and superior efficacy. Discuss with your neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
27 M, RRMS since 5 yrs. Avonex since 2 yrs., ED is the main symptom. Viagra (sildenafil) not working. Early morning T levels 320ng/dl. Can MS patient take T supp?
Answers: If you have MS and ED, you may have spinal cord involvement as the culprit, so, would first focus on the MS. Get off Avonex, it is the least effective drug on the market, and may be contributing to your ED. Consider an oral agent such as Gilenya (fingolimod) or Aubagio. You certainly could take testosterone but there are risks and a urologist should get involved. Take vitamin D-3 supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have MS & battle anxiety/panic; I do not like taking scrips; do you know about nuphorin a natural supp & does it work or interfere with avonex (interferon beta 1a) med?
Facts: If you have MS, and not doing well, you absolutely need to be taking a specific disease modifying therapy, and Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is by far the least effective on the market, as 4 head to head studies have shown inferiority. The sole OTC agent of any value in MS is Vitamin D-3, and you are wasting time and money seeking supplements to manage MS. See a good neurologist and get stabilized. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer