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Gilenya (fingolimod)

Prescription only
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 forms of multiple sclerosis.

Gilenya (fingolimod) reduces the number of flare-ups, new brain lesions, and physical changes in relapsing MS, but it has many side effects.

3.0/ 5 average rating with 57 reviewsforGilenya
Upsides
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) sometimes works better than other similar injectable medications.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) may be less expensive than its alternatives.
  • Gilenya (fingolimod) is the first once-daily pill you can take for relapsing forms of MS.
  • Gilenya (fingolimod) lowers relapse rates and the number of new MS lesions better than the leading injectable.
  • Gilenya (fingolimod) takes up to 2 months to leave your body, which is much shorter than another oral medication Aubagio(teriflunomide), which can take up to 2 years.
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.
  • Gilenya (fingolimod) takes up to 2 months to leave your body – much longer than a similar medication, Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate), which takes only a few hours.If you haven't had chickenpox or been vaccinated for it yet, you'll need to get the vaccine at least 1 month before starting Gilenya (fingolimod).
  • Gilenya (fingolimod) might not be a good choice if you have kidney, liver, or heart problems.
  • If you've stopped taking Gilenya (fingolimod) for 2 weeks or more, you'll have to take your first dose at your doctor's office when restarting.
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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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57 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
30%
saiditworked well
30%
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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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22possible side effects
  • Headache
    25%
  • Abnormal liver blood tests
    15%
  • Nausea
    13%
  • Diarrhea
    13%
  • Cough
    12%
  • Flu infection
    11%
  • Sinus infection
    11%
  • Stomach pain
    11%
  • Back pain
    10%
  • Pain in arms or legs
    10%
  • Shortness of breath
    9%
  • Bronchitis
    8%
  • High blood pressure
    8%
  • Migraine
    6%
  • Blurred vision
    4%
  • Low blood pressure
    3%
  • Hair loss
    3%
  • Herpes viral infections
    2%
  • Fungal skin infection
    2%
  • Weakness
    2%
  • Scaly skin
    2%
  • Low white blood cells
    2%
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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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  • Heart problems
    • Taking other medicines that slow heart rate
    • History of heart problems
  • Serious infections
    • Taking other immunosuppressant medicines
    • Age 60 or older
    • Weak immune system
  • Eye problems
    • Diabetes
    • History of eye inflammation (uveitis)
  • Risk to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Breathing problems
    • History of lung problems
  • Liver problems
    • History of liver problems
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