Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Biogen's PLEGRIDY: A MS Treatment Option

Today is Day 2 of MS Awareness Week and I wanted to share a little bit of basic info about one of the newer treatment options for MS. {If you aren't interested in reading this entire post it is ok but please scroll to the bottom to read about my favor!}

Have you heard about PLEGRIDY by Biogen Idec? It is a MS treatment that was approved by the FDA in the summer of 2014 but for some reason I hadn't heard much about it. I recently had the chance to read more about it and it seems like it could be a good treatment option for some people (but of course I am not a doctor and you should always talk to him/her before making treatment decision).

Have you heard about PLEGRIDY? The only interferon for relapsing MS with 1 shot every 2 weeks. Please see additional dosing information on titration, administration instructions, and premedication for flu-like symptoms below.
I am not taking PLEGRIDY nor have I tried it as a treatment option so I cannot speak from personal experience. But since you only have to do 1 shot every 2 weeks it might be a good option for people who don't want to deal with daily shots or pills.

You use an autoinjector which is unlike an other autoinjecters according to Biogen. For people who don't like giving themselves shots that might make it easier to administer!

I did read that it can have "flu-like" symptoms as a side effect. It sounds similar to the side effects which are common with Avonex - I did experience those and while it wasn't fun it was manageable most of the time. Although I am quite happy with my current MS treatment, Gilenya, and find it so easy to just pop a pill every morning!

I'm just so thankful that there are so many treatment options to choose from now. When I was diagnosed there were only injections to choose from and most had side effects. Now there are oral treatments and IV infusions too!

Read my blog post on Genzyme's LEMTRADA which was approved at the end of 2014.

Read about my experience with Avonex here.

Read about my unfortunate experience with Tecfidera here, here and here.

Read about my first dose experience with Gilenya here.

Read about my one year update on Gilenya here.

Choosing a treatment is something that is a personal decision that should be made with your doctor. These opinions are my own based on my experiences. I am not a doctor!  Just because something worked (or didn't work) for me doesn't mean that you will have the same experience!

DON'T FORGET about my FAVOR!!!!!!!

The last thing is a FAVOR! Will you wear ORANGE on Wednesday (March 4th)? It is a great way to raise awareness! Take a photo (a selfie is fine) and email, tweet or instagram it to me. Make sure to use #OutstandingInOrangeForMS I will put all of the photos in a post on Friday. I never really liked orange prior to my MS diagnosis but I must say it has grown on me over the years and now I really like it! So should me how you style your orange!

P.S. Please play along. This is the first time I'm doing this and I don't want it to be a big flop. I'll feel like a big dork if the only a few people participate!! Plus orange is HAPPY and we all need a little of that right now b/c we are sick and tired of winter. Just like we are sick and tired of MS!!!! 

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