Betaseron - first dose

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Last night I gave myself my first dose of Betaseron.  Was sure I would wake up this morning feeling fluish and awful.  Did not happen.  No side effects as of now, 24 hours later.  Anyone else on Betaseron and have lack of side effects at first and then have problems later.  Am I just lucky on this shot because it was 1/4 dose?  Waiting to hear if I qualify for assistance to pay for these meds.  Blessings to all.  Have a great weekend.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 299
   Posted 10/6/2007 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jan,
I also started at a 1/4 dose of Betaseron and worked my way up.  I also sat and waited for "the flu" to hit me.  I honestly have only had those side effects a maximum of 5 times in the year and a half I've been on Betaseron.  I take an Advil or Tylenol with my shot at bedtime and don't have a problem.
A few weeks ago I took my shot in the morning because I forgot the night before.  I won't do that again... I guess I do sleep through some ickiness, but it doesn't wake me up or anything.
Hope that helps...
Diagnosed with MS April 2006
Longstanding anxiety and depression
Currently on Betaseron

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 10/6/2007 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   

You might not experience the side effects with the greatly reduced dose, but start to notice them as you increase the dosage later on.  When I started Beta 14 years ago I started out with the full dose (doctors didn't do the low dosages thing then), and it took about 2 months for the side effects to subside.  I hope you continue to experience few side effects.

Still after 14 years I'll experience them occasionally, maybe 3-4 times a year. Usually it will happen when I'm overtired, or sick with something else, like a cold.  But I still always take a couple of ibuprofen at the time of my shot (bedtime), and then sleep through the night.


...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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