Heather tells her story about being diagnosed with relapsing MS three days before her wedding and why AUBAGIO works for her.
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My name is Heather and I'm from Wisconsin. I take AUBAGIO for my relapsing remitting MS.
I'm actually…um…a stay-at-home mom. I have four kids and my husband Paul and I have been married for almost 15 years.
We have two dogs and they are my accountability partners. They're the ones that make sure that I exercise. I love to walk, just feeling so blessed that I'm moving. And as long as I'm moving, I'm gonna keep moving.
I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 26, three days before my husband and I got married.
In November, I was drawing a bath, the temperature of the water was really hot, and I could tell from the steam, but I couldn't tell from having my hand in the water. So I had this scalding water on my hand, and then I realized, "Oh my goodness, my arm, I can't feel my arm."
And it was like someone drew a line down the middle of my body. And I could feel on the left side, and I had no feeling on the right.
My doctor put me in the hospital and did a bunch of tests. It was very clear at that point that I had MS…lesions all over in my brain and spine.
I was numb. I mean this was three days before I'm getting married, and I get this news. The first thing I thought of was, "I can't get married. My life is going to be ruined. I don't want to do that to him."
And I actually tried to call the wedding off, but he threatened to get the chaplain of the church and we'd do it on the spot. My husband-to-be took my hand and he said, "Okay, let's do this." We are totally in this together.
Then reality set in. It's like okay, you have this disease.
I took a once-a-day injectable. I ended up with a site-on-skin reaction…I eventually ran out of places to stick myself. It was like the human pincushion.
So when my doctor said, "Would you like to go on AUBAGIO? It's a once-a-day pill," I was like, "Whaa! Are you kidding? I want to go on AUBAGIO."
And when we talked about the side effects…they were something that I felt like I could deal with.
I've been on AUBAGIO since May 2013.
I did lose some hair, and, you know, you could see it in the tub. It lasted maybe four months. I have a ton of hair, so you couldn't really tell. And it grew back. You know, within months.
I've been on AUBAGIO, and I have not had any relapses.
That makes me very excited and very confident. And I don't have to deal with having shots or injections. You can take it with or without food.
It's just part of my routine, and I don't even have to think about it. I can go about my day with confidence, knowing that I'm taking something that might keep my MS at bay.
Life can be really good with MS. You just have to choose it. I try to make every day a great day.
You just look around, and it's like, "This is an amazing world." And…I'm living in it.
Thank you for watching Heather's story.
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AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Are of childbearing potential and not using effective birth control.
It is not known if AUBAGIO passes into breast milk. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you should take AUBAGIO or breastfeed — you should not do both at the same time.
If you are a man whose partner plans to become pregnant, you should stop taking AUBAGIO and talk with your healthcare provider about reducing the levels of AUBAGIO in your blood. If your partner does not plan to become pregnant, use effective birth control while taking AUBAGIO.
AUBAGIO may stay in your blood for up to 2 years after you stop taking it. Your healthcare provider can prescribe a medicine that can remove AUBAGIO from your blood quickly.
Before taking AUBAGIO, talk with your healthcare provider if you have: liver or kidney problems; a fever or infection, or if you are unable to fight infections; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms; diabetes; serious skin problems when taking other medicines; breathing problems; or high blood pressure. Your healthcare provider will check your blood cell count and TB test before you start AUBAGIO. Talk with your healthcare provider if you take or are planning to take other medicines (especially medicines for treating cancer or controlling your immune system), vitamins or herbal supplements.
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; allergic reactions, including serious skin problems; breathing problems (new or worsening); and high blood pressure. Patients with low white blood cell count should not receive certain vaccinations during AUBAGIO treatment and 6 months after.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
The most common side effects when taking AUBAGIO include: headache; diarrhea; nausea; hair thinning or loss; and abnormal liver test results. These are not all the side effects of AUBAGIO. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you.
Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about your health or any medications you may be taking, including AUBAGIO.
You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not take AUBAGIO if you have severe liver problems. AUBAGIO may cause serious liver problems, which can be life-threatening. Your risk may be higher if you take other medicines that affect your liver. View More