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SIDE EFFECTS OF REBIF USES & PRECAUTIONS

SIDE EFFECTS OF REBIF USES & PRECAUTIONS

SIDE EFFECTS OF REBIF USES & PRECAUTIONS. Rebif is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s approved for use in adults with certain forms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Specifically, rebif is approved to treat the following conditions:

  • Relapsing-remitting MS. With relapsing-remitting MS, you have periods of time with either few MS symptoms or no MS symptoms, followed by periods of relapse. (With relapse, you have new or worsened MS symptoms.)
  • Active secondary progressive MS. With active secondary progressive MS, your MS steadily gets worse over time. But with this form of MS, you don’t have periods of relapse.
  • Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). CIS isn’t technically a form of MS. Instead, with CIS, you have an episode of MS-like symptoms that lasts at least 24 hours. CIS may or may not develop into MS.

WHAT IS REBIF USED FOR?

 Rebif is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults. It is a form of protein called beta interferon that is produced in the body.

HOW DOES REBIF WORK FOR MS?

 Rebif is a disease modifying drug for relapsing remitting MS. You self-inject Rebif under the skin three times a week to reduce the number and severity of relapses. It reduces the number of relapses by about one third (30%), compared to taking placebo.

PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TAKING REBIF

  • Don’t take Rebif if your allergic to interferon beta-1a, any form of interferon beta, or any ingredients of the medication
  • Don’t take Rebif if you have worsening or uncontrolled liver disease.

MILD SIDE EFFECTS OF REBIF

  • loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dizziness
  • Flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, chills, sweating, muscle aches, tiredness)
  • Hair loss
  • Headache or migraine
  • Injection site reactions (e.g., skin irritation, swelling, pain, bruising, itching, bleeding)
  • Itchiness
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Nervousness
  • Rash
  • Nausea
  • Skin irritation, swelling, or pain at the injection site
  • Vomiting

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SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS OF REBIF

  • Changes in the level of your blood cells, such as decreased levels of white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelets.
  • Seizures
    • loss of consciousness
    • Shaking or trembling
    • Rapid eye movements
  • Thrombotic microangiopathy, which is a rare but serious side effect of Rebif. This condition can lead to life threatening blood clots in your small blood vessels such as;
    • fatigue
    • bruising more easily than usual
    • Excessive bleeding from small cuts or wounds, such as a paper cut
    • Restlessness
    • Urinating less than usual

 

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