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
- 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)
- Muscle or joint pain
- Skin irritation, swelling, or pain at the injection site
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.
- 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;
- bruising more easily than usual
- Excessive bleeding from small cuts or wounds, such as a paper cut
- Urinating less than usual