Hi there, I am in the process of switching to Tecfidera after a year of Rebif, my first DMD. I switched 7 weeks ago but started having some nasty gastro issues during week 5.
I am back to the starter dose of Tecfidera and will work back up to the full dose much slower this time.
I am still waiting for my next MRI but anticipate more lesions despite Rebif but also don't think I am ready for Tysabri or Gilenya and I know my neuro won't even consider them at this point although a lot of folks here have tried them with success.
Tecfidera seems to be common right now and like the other meds, I have heard good and bad. If I can nip the worst of the gastro issues, it is a nice change from injections.
Good luck with your decision,
If I were to go on an oral, I would start with Tecfidera. The tummy troubles reported with it tend to go away with time. Gilenya, though is more effective, though folks I know who have tried it say they catch every bug that walks by. Yuck! It is effective, though.
Good luck with your switching meds. : )
Hi Inovatania -
Corrie and GuitarGirl have provided great info. I'm just here to chime in that I changed from Copaxone to Tecfidera and couldn't be happier. I didn't have any of the nasty GI issues, my Neuro advised to take Acidophilis a couple of weeks prior to start. I will have an occassional flushing, but it is nothing to pains or inconveniences me and I am completely happy with the change.
Good luck to you and kudos for reaching out!