Rebif MS Relapses Are Reduced By At Least 30% And Disability Is Slowed Down
Rebif, a multiple sclerosis disease-modifying drug, consists of amino acids that are naturally found in the human body. The drug itself is referred to as an "interferon", something found within the central nervous system.
It is a naturally-occuring "beta" interferon which duplicates this chemical's function in the body. It appears to decrease the amount and severity of autoimmune attacks. Less nerve damage may occur, less scar lesions may develop in the brain and/or spinal cord, and less disability may result.
It also is an injectable drug: it is delivered by needle subcutaneously (under the skin.) This medication is taken 3X a week, and 44 mcg is delivered with each injection. Many scientists and neurologists believe that higher doses of interferon several times a week the best defense against multiple sclerosis relapses.
Rebif can be self-administered with an autoinjector.
The drug is advantageous because it is administered only 3X a week Rebif is also pre-mixed for easy use. Many believe that higher-dose interferons are more effective than other disease-modifying drugs.
Side-effects from this drug can include flu-like symptoms (fever, muscle aches, headache, etc.), elevated liver tests, and possible depression.
Patients need to weigh the pros and cons, decide which drug qualities they are looking for, and determine if Rebif is their medication of choice.
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