Betaseron (the US version) has been around for a long time. I've been on it for at least 12 years. It (and Avonex and rebif) are all interferon-based drugs, so the side effects are generally the same for them, and they are different than what you might have experienced with Copaxone.
Prior to starting the BEtaseron, I was experiencing 2-3 exacerbations a year. After starting it I had one, about 2 years into injecting, then none since. Note none of my symptoms have improved, and I was significantly impaired by MS before I started the Betaseron, but none of my symptoms have worsened significantly, either, so I consider it a success.
If you have specific questions about side effects, just ask!
Great post! Thank you uppitycats and Paul. I found this information to be very helpful/hopeful. Thanks for taking the time.
Love and prayers,
cool!!!! the laughter does help for sure and it can be tough but you gotta stay positive. I am right there with you Paul. My copaxone is in question and they new one maybe rebif. Yikes! Bring it on - I am a warrior. :)
Hello Paul John
I have been on Betaferon for the last month and when I went for my injection lesson at the MS Clinic they advised me that it reduces the side effects if you go on 1/4 dose for two weeks, 1/2 dose for two weeks, 3/4 dose for two weeks and then onto the full dose. I have been following these instructions and didn't have too much reaction to the 1/4 dose and when I moved up to the 1/2 dose I had flu like aches for a couple of hours the first morning after the dosage increase and then they just disappeared. I have only had one injection site reaction which was quite red and inflamed. I don't take any medication prior to the injection but do take two Panadol an hour after. I use the Autoinject2.