I'm not taking Avonex but am on Betaseron, another of the interferon drugs. Usually they'll recommend that you get injected (or inject yourself) right before going to bed, so that you sleep through the worst of the side effects. What I generally did when I started was take two ibuprofen before injecting, and put two and a glass of water at my bedside.
Then inject. If I woke in the middle of the night with fever, chills, feeling awful, I'd glup down the two ibu's and after 20 minutes or so, go back to sleep. Sometimes I'd need a couple more in the morning when I woke up.
The worst of the symptoms subsided for me after the first couple of months (remember with the Beta I inject every other day, not just once a week, so your experiences may be different!) I still take two ibu's before I inject, still inject before I go to bed, and don't usually have anything more the next day.
Congratulations on your first injection. I hope you are feeling a bit better this morning. I am not on avonex so I am not speaking from experience, but I have heard that it can take a couple of months for the side effects to settle down some. I imagine that you just get used to it as well. Uppitycats has given you some good advice and I hope it helps. I use copaxone which is not an interferon, and even with that I inject right before I go to bed.
I am glad you have started your progression therapy. For me it, I got that good feeling that I was doing all I could to slow down this disease. It was empowering. Good luck, Kathy! Keep us postes as to how you are doing.
Good job on your signature too!!! Love and prayers,
Congrats on your first shot! I hope your next shot goes even better for you, and you are able to sleep away the worst of the after effects.
Oh yay!!!! I am so glad to hear this. You are doing great!! Thanks for the post. I was wondering how you were doing.
Love and prayers,
That’s great Kathy!