I just started Plegridy, completed my second injection. I am going in for major shoulder surgery soon and wanted to know if I should stop taking this before surgery and as well after surgery, since my body will be trying to heal and recover from surgery. I'm also concerned about my immune system being lowered from being on this drug and any infections that I can potentially pick up in a hospital setting. I am 65, also have bad reactions to medicine and site injection.
You do not need to stop Plegridy for your surgery. There is no evidence it lowers your immune response or inhibits healing. If you experience side effects with your injections wait 5-7 days after an injection for surgery.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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