Here is a question that has come in from someone with MS. If you have experience with this and can comment, please do so!
“I have secondary progressive MS, walk with a wheeled walker, and continue to work although I feel I am losing these abilities rapidly. I have tried many other treatments for my MS (4 different disease modifying therapies, most recently Tecfidera) but none have altered my MS. My doctor is recommending a trial of Tysabri. I am JC virus antibody negative and trying to decide if I should try this medication. Is there anyone reading this with my level of disability or disease type (secondary progressive) or both who can comment on their experience with Tysabri? Studies have not been completed for this stage of the disease and I am looking to gain insight from those with progressive MS who have tried Tysabri or are still on Tysabri."
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Important Safety Information
Before beginning treatment, you should discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with Rebif with your healthcare provider.
Rebif can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while taking Rebif.
Rebif will not cure your MS but may decrease the number of flare-ups of the disease and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS.
Do not take Rebif if you are allergic to interferon beta, human albumin, or any of the ingredients in Rebif.
Before you take Rebif, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
The most common side effects of Rebif include:
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Rebif. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Rebif is used to treat relapsing forms of MS to decrease the frequency of relapses and delay the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS.