Getting started on treatment
Getting started on treatment is one of the most important decisions you can make. Treatment with AVONEX has been proven to help delay physical disability progression and reduce flare-ups.
Talk with your care partner to find out if AVONEX is right for you, then get started in 3 simple steps:
AVONEX can cause serious side effects including heart problems, blood problems, seizures, infections, and thyroid problems including problems concentrating, feeling cold or hot all the time, weight changes, and skin changes. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of these symptoms while taking AVONEX.
Once-a-week dosing schedule
AVONEX is a once-a-week treatment for relapsing MS. Remember, you can only get the benefits of a treatment that you're taking as prescribed. Think about whether a once-a-week treatment might fit your schedule.
3 dosing options
AVONEX is available in 3 different forms, allowing you and your healthcare provider to choose the one that works best for you.
The injection process and recommended injection sites are different for each of these forms. Make sure that you read the injection guide and instructions for use for whichever form you and your healthcare provider choose. You can download each injection guide here:
Most people who take AVONEX have flu-like symptoms early during the course of therapy. Usually, these symptoms last for a day after the injection. You may be able to manage these flu-like symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain and fever reducers. For many people, these symptoms lessen or go away over time. Symptoms may include muscle aches, fever, tiredness, and chills.
Before your first AVONEX injection, set up a training session with your healthcare provider. You can also get training from an AVONEX ActiveNurse™ Educator to help you inject correctly each time. Because AVONEX is given into the muscle (intramuscularly), it uses a different injection technique than other injectable relapsing MS medications, which are given under the skin (subcutaneously). So proper training is essential, even if you're already accustomed to giving yourself injections.
The AVOSTARTGRIP® Titration Kit
During the start of your treatment, to help reduce flu-like symptoms, your healthcare provider may recommend you build up to a full dose of AVONEX gradually over the first month. This is a process called "titration." After your first month, you can continue using either AVONEX Prefilled Syringe or begin using AVONEX PEN depending on your healthcare provider's recommendation.
In a clinical study of healthy volunteers, people who titrated AVONEX experienced fewer and milder flu-like symptoms.
The AVOSTARTGRIP® Titration Kit uses AVONEX Prefilled Syringe, but after you've completed the initial 4 titration doses, you can easily move on to AVONEX PEN.
Review the Instructions for Use below before your training session with an AVONEX ActiveNurse™ Educator. The Instructions will show you how to:
- Prepare for your weekly injection
- Use the AVOSTARTGRIP® devices
- Take your injection
- Dispose of used syringes, needles, and titration devices
Staying on AVONEX
With the guidance of your healthcare provider, and the support of family and friends, you have started the process of treating your relapsing MS. And with AVONEX, the once-a-week dosing schedule allows you to make injections a part of your routine.