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What are common side effects of medications used to treat multiple sclerosis?

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When you take these medicines, you might have other health problems, such as:

  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, chills, fever, muscle aches, and sweating during the first weeks of treatment. To keep those from slowing you down, it's best to take the shot at bedtime. You can take pain and fever relievers, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, before each injection and during the 24 hours after one to help relieve these problems.
  • Swelling, redness, and pain at the place where you get the shot. If the spot gets hard, call your doctor. Don’t give yourself another shot into that site.
  • Trouble with your mood. You might feel sadness, anxiety, irritability, guilt, trouble concentrating, confusion, and have a hard time sleeping or eating. Tell your doctor about these symptoms right away.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Interferons."

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: "Interferons."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Beta interferon and glatiramer acetate."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Copaxone (Glatiramer Acetate)."

News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Biogen Idec web site.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Interferons."

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: "Interferons."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Beta interferon and glatiramer acetate."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Copaxone (Glatiramer Acetate)."

News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Biogen Idec web site.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on November 10, 2017

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