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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

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Interferon Beta 1a (Definition)

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


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What's the difference between the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

What's the difference between the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

# 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

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How are the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone distinguished from each other?

How are the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone distinguished from each other?

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 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

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Anyone out there have MS and take avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

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). ...Read more

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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

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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

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Initial side effects of avonex (interferon beta 1a) (beta interferon 1a) for ms?

Initial side effects of avonex (interferon beta 1a) (beta interferon 1a) for ms?

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 more

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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?

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

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Multiple sclerosis and avonex (interferon beta 1a) and side effects?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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 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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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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Have external fixator in left wrist and left-sided numbness for hours after my avonex (interferon beta 1a) injection. Related? Can avonex (interferon beta 1a) cause infection in said situation

Have external fixator in left wrist and left-sided numbness for hours after my avonex (interferon beta 1a) injection. Related? Can avonex (interferon beta 1a) cause infection in said situation

Explanation: If you just started Avonex (interferon beta 1a) for ms, may be transient ms flares after the first series of injections, which is not unexpected. Would be surprised if your injection caused any infection, and do not believe the external fixator relates at all. However, I have a very negative opinion of avonex, (interferon beta 1a) which does not work very well to stabilize ms, as all the other dmt's work far better. Talk with doctor. ...Read more

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Hours after taking the avonex (interferon beta 1a) injection is it normal to have chills leg pain headache and weakness?

Hours after taking the avonex (interferon beta 1a) injection is it normal to have chills leg pain headache and weakness?

Interferon: Chills, fever and profound weakness should be reported to your doctor asap and then follow their directions. Headache may occur as well but need not be reported immediately if tolerable. Call your doctor now. ...Read more

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Having a bad headache, and woke up with severe back pain and leg pain I'm only 18 and have m.S do yor says avonex (interferon beta 1a) will help but it hasn't? Help! Please

Having a bad headache, and woke up with severe back pain and leg pain I'm only 18 and have m.S do yor says avonex (interferon beta 1a) will help but it hasn't? Help! Please

More information: If you have just started taking avonex, (interferon beta 1a) it can give side effects similar to flu, like symptoms. Youshould contact your doctor and ask for advise if this persists. ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Avonex (Definition)

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