Compare Betaseron vs. Aubagio

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Helps prevent multiple sclerosis flare-ups.

Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) is an injection that effectively treats relapsing multiple sclerosis. It's used every other day and has relatively few side effects.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 21 reviewsforBetaseron
Treats relapsing types of multiple sclerosis.

Aubagio (Teriflunomide) significantly improves many symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), which may not be seen with some other MS medications.

2.5/ 5 average rating with 23 reviewsforAubagio
Upsides
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) sometimes works better than other similar injectable medications.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) may be less expensive than its alternatives.
  • Aubagio (Teriflunomide) can help reduce the number of flare-ups, slow physical changes, and decrease new brain lesions.
  • Aubagio (Teriflunomide) comes as a pill instead of an injection.
  • You only need to take Aubagio (Teriflunomide) once a day, with or without food.
Downsides
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) only comes as an injection, so you'll need to give yourself shots.
  • You may need to get blood work done regularly to monitor your blood cell counts.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) needs to be used every other day, unlike similar medications that don't have to be taken as frequently.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) isn't as effective as its alternative that's given in the hospital as an infusion.
  • Can cause temporary hair loss but it will grow back after stopping.
  • You'll need blood tests before and during treatment to make sure you don't develop any liver problems while taking Aubagio (Teriflunomide).
  • Aubagio (Teriflunomide) may stay in your blood for up to 2 years after taking it, so it is important to discuss a plan with your doctor in case it's not the right medication for you.
  • You can't take Aubagio (Teriflunomide) if you're pregnant, have severe liver damage, or are currently taking Arava (leflunomide).
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
Price
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Reviews
21 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
38%
saidit'sa big hassle

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23 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
26%
saiditworked well
30%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
24possible side effects
  • Injection site reaction
    78%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    56%
  • Weakness
    53%
  • Headache
    50%
  • Pain
    42%
  • Rigid muscles
    40%
  • Fever
    31%
  • Muscle pain
    23%
  • Trouble sleeping
    21%
  • Rash
    21%
  • Chills
    21%
  • Lack of coordination
    17%
  • Abdominal pain
    16%
  • Swelling in the limbs
    12%
  • Urinary urgency
    11%
  • Skin disorder
    10%
  • Uterine bleeding
    9%
  • Chest pain
    9%
  • Impotence
    8%
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
    6%
  • High blood pressure
    6%
  • Shortness of breath
    6%
  • Malaise
    6%
  • Injection site tissue death
    4%
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9possible side effects
  • Headache
    18%
  • Abnormal liver enzymes
    13%
  • Diarrhea
    13%
  • Hair loss
    10%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Burning or prickling sensation in hands, arms, legs, or feet
    8%
  • Joint pain
    8%
  • Low white blood cells
    4%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Liver damage
    • Alcohol use
    • Taking other drugs that can hurt your liver
    • Active, or history of, liver disease
  • Serious injection site reactions
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression or mental illness
  • Heart problems
    • History of or current heart disease
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Lupus
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  • Liver problems
    • Taking medicines that affect your liver or cause liver injury
  • Harm to unborn baby
  • Slow elimination from body
  • Serious skin reactions
  • Numbness in extremities (hands and feet)
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking medicines that are toxic to the nervous system
    • Diabetes
  • Risk of serious infections
    • Taking other drugs that weaken your immune system
    • Age 60 or older
    • Weak immune system
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