Betaseron

(Interferon beta-1b)

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Helps prevent multiple sclerosis flare-ups.

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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.

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Quick facts about Betaseron
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) sometimes works better than other similar injectable medications.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) may be less expensive than its alternatives.
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People’s experience with Betaseron

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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.
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How it works

Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) is an interferon, which is a protein made by your body as part of its defense system. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but interferons activate your immune system to help control immune responses.

Quick facts about Betaseron
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) for Multiple sclerosis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Weakness
  • Injection site reaction
  • Rigid muscles
  • Trouble sleeping
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Side effect rates for Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b)

From 2372 clinical trials of Betaseron when taken for multiple sclerosis
  • Injection site reaction
    78%78%
    26%26%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    56%56%
    37%37%
  • Weakness
    53%53%
    48%48%
  • Headache
    50%50%
    43%43%
  • Pain
    42%42%
    25%25%
  • Rigid muscles
    40%40%
    33%33%
  • Fever
    31%31%
    19%19%
  • Muscle pain
    23%23%
    14%14%
  • Trouble sleeping
    21%21%
    16%16%
  • Rash
    21%21%
    15%15%
  • Chills
    21%21%
    9%9%
  • Lack of coordination
    17%17%
    15%15%
  • Abdominal pain
    16%16%
    16%16%
  • Swelling in the limbs
    12%12%
    10%10%
  • Urinary urgency
    11%11%
    8%8%
  • Skin disorder
    10%10%
    8%8%
  • Uterine bleeding
    9%9%
    7%7%
  • Chest pain
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Impotence
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • High blood pressure
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Shortness of breath
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Malaise
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Injection site tissue death
    4%4%
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Risks and Warnings for Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Alcohol use
    • Taking other drugs that can hurt your liver
    • Active, or history of, liver disease

    Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can cause liver damage, especially if you have a history of liver problems or if you're taking other medications that can affect your liver. Your doctor may make you get regular lab tests to monitor how your liver is doing. Tell your doctor right away if you experience appetite or weight loss, stomach discomfort, vomiting, dark urine, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or changes in stool color.

Common concerns from people taking Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b)

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  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can cause liver damage, especially if you have a history of liver problems or if you're taking other medications that can affect your liver. Your doctor may make you get regular lab tests to monitor how your liver is doing. Tell your doctor right away if you experience appetite or weight loss, stomach discomfort, vomiting, dark urine, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or changes in stool color.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can cause serious reactions at the injection site. This includes pain, redness, swelling, skin damage, and skin infection. If you're giving yourself the shot, it's important to understand how to correctly administer Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b). Your doctor and pharmacist can show you the best way to give injections.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can increase your risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Watch for new or worsening depression or any unusual changes in mood or behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment, or when your dose changes. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can sometimes worsen heart function, especially if you have a history of heart problems. Let your doctor know right away if you experience shortness of breath, fatigue or weakness, swelling in your limbs or abdomen, an irregular heartbeat, sudden weight gain, a lack of appetite, or persistent coughing since these could be signs of worsening heart function.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can sometimes cause seizures, especially if you have a history of seizures. Talk to your doctor first to see if Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) is right for you.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can cause lupus, an inflammatory condition that lets your immune system attack your body. Speak to your doctor right away if you notice fatigue, rash, fever, loss of appetite, joint pain or swelling, or an overall sick feeling.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can cause you to bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid getting injured whenever possible.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) can worsen depression or suicidal thoughts. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms.
  • You should use Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) right after mixing it, or you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 hours.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) sometimes works better than other similar injectable medications.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) only comes as an injection, so you'll need to give yourself shots.
  • 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.
Alcohol
  • Your doctor may ask you not to drink alcohol while using Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b).