Ok I have been recently switched to Rebif... so recent in fact I still have the script
on my coffee table... I have taken Betaseron in the past for about
6 months and the side effects were terrible so I switched to Copaxone. I have recently came to the realization that, after over 1 year, Copaxone was ineffective for me, so I have stopped taking it!
I know that Rebif is like Betaseron in the fact that it is an interferon. I am familiar with the listed side effects. My concern is that I will have the side effects that I got with the Betaseron. With Betaseron, I was on disabilty for the entire 6 months that I took it because the fatigue was so great. I was extremely depressed, with suicidal ideation, as well as became hypertensive. I ended up taking over 14 pills a day to combat all the side effects of the Betaseron for me. I hear they say after 6 months the side effect lesson and life returns to a more normal state, but unfortunately, I was unable to stick it out any longer.
My question is for those that have/are taking Rebif. How are the side effects for you? If u have taken Betaseron in the past and can compare the side effects of each, I am curious to know what you think.
I am very hesitant to start Rebif because of my experience with Betaseron. I am in my final semester for my BSN and need my fatigue level to not get worse! lol i am recently married too =) and would like to have a few months with my new husband not wanting to kill myself! I am hoping to get a "no Rebif is TOTALLY diffrent," but I doubt it. I know that taking therapy is one of the few things I can do to fight back too... I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place...
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis September 2003 currently taking Copaxone SQ QD, Aricept 10 mg PO QD, Welbutrin XL 300mg PO QD, and Provigil 200mg PO BID.