I have been advised to take interferon beta 1 three times a week...I am on the injection for 2.5 years now and have suffered I relapse in the this period....is it advisable to taper down and stop my injections?
Whether any therapy is achieving your goals and should be continued really depends on the circumstances. A single attack in 2.5 years, especially if it was minor with full recovery or occurred early in treatment (first 3 months) may not be a good reason to stop any therapy. Much depends on your particular risk factors and, in your particular case, whether you’ve developed high titer neutralizing antibodies against interferon. If you’ve developed high titer neutralizing antibodies, interferon therapy should be stopped regardless of how well you are doing. Discuss these issues with your MS specialists and consider quantitative changes on exam and repeat MRI scanning in your decision process. Good luck.
Revere Kinkel MD