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WHAT TO EXPECT WITH AUBAGIO
Before you start any new medication you're bound to have questions. What do I need to know before starting? What do I need to do?
We'll answer as many of those questions as we can here. Once you've been prescribed AUBAGIO you can call your dedicated nurse whenever you have questions. Of course, your doctor is your best source for information about your treatment.
YOUR DOCTOR PRESCRIBED AUBAGIO.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Here are some of the tests your doctor will conduct before and after you start AUBAGIO:
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You should not take AUBAGIO if you:
- Have severe liver problems
- Are pregnant or are of childbearing potential and not using effective birth control
- Are taking a medication called leflunomide
LET'S TALK ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS. IN THE CLINICAL TRIAL THESE SERIOUS AND COMMON SIDE EFFECTS WERE OBSERVED
When we tested AUBAGIO in over 1,000 patients in a 2-year study, these were the most common side effects. It's important to know the risks of AUBAGIO. AUBAGIO may cause serious side effects including:
- Reduced white blood cell count. This may cause you to have more infections
- Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms
- Kidney problems
- High potassium levels in your blood
- Serious skin problems
- Breathing problems (new or worsening)
- High blood pressure
If you experience any of these side effects while taking AUBAGIO, call your doctor right away.
To learn more about serious side effects click here
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE
- Abnormal Liver Test Results
Up to 14% of patients on AUBAGIO experienced abnormal liver test results vs 7% on placebo. Less than 3% of patients in the trial stopped taking AUBAGIO because of abnormal liver test results
- Hair Thinning or Loss
Up to 13% of patients on AUBAGIO experienced thinning of the hair vs 3% of patients on placebo. For most of these patients, hair thinning was mild and usually improved after about 6 months on AUBAGIO
What causes this hair thinning?
Hair thinning is not life threatening, but it can be a big concern for some patients. The good news is that hair growth almost always returns to its usual cycle within a few months on AUBAGIO
Your hair grows in cycles. Everyday, some hairs are shed while other new ones start growing. It's believed that when you start taking AUBAGIO, some growing hairs enter the resting stage earlier than usual and are more likely to shed sooner. Less than 2% of patients in the trial stopped taking AUBAGIO because of hair loss
Up to 18% of patients on AUBAGIO experienced diarrhea vs 9% of patients on placebo. Almost all cases were mild and tended to get better over time. Less than 1% of patients stopped taking AUBAGIO because of diarrhea
Up to 12% of patients on AUBAGIO experienced the flu vs 10% of patients on placebo
Up to 14% of patients on AUBAGIO experienced nausea vs 7% of patients on placebo. Almost all cases were mild and tended to get better over time. Less than 1% of patients stopped taking AUBAGIO because of nausea
- Paresthesia (Burning, prickling, tingling, or creeping sensation on the skin)
Up to 10% of patients on AUBAGIO experienced paresthesia vs 8% of patients on placebo
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