Teri talks about being a mom, her fears, and treating her relapsing MS with AUBAGIO.
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My name is Teri and I'm from Tennessee. I'm currently taking AUBAGIO for my relapsing remitting MS.
I am a working mom, I'm 36. I work full-time as a school psychologist, and I have a son named Liam that I adore.
I'm a caregiver by nature. I love to make people feel welcome in my home. I love to cook something for them. I also like to impress them a little bit. Everybody likes a sweet treat. Making cupcakes is a very fun activity. It makes people feel like a kid again. There's nothing better than seeing that people are satisfied.
I was diagnosed on September 27th, 1999 with relapsing remitting MS. My symptoms were a fast onset. Out of nowhere, um, I had vertigo, and then I had double vision. Within a few days it progressed to half of my face becoming paralyzed. Those symptoms started probably about two weeks before I was finally diagnosed. I was 21 at the time.
I was initially shocked and scared, but I knew that I would still be able to have a life, because I actually knew someone living with MS. So that gave me a little bit of hope. When I sat in the neurologist's waiting room, the thought did come through my head, "Oh my gosh, am I going to need a cane in a few years? Will I be able to be a mother?"
I started on a daily injection very soon after my diagnosis. It was not fun giving myself an injection. But I just had to do it. I had to buck up and be a big girl and, and do it. Altogether, I was on injections for around 10 years. Then I had a relapse. That's when I found out about AUBAGIO.
I started taking AUBAGIO 14 mg in November of 2012. For me, AUBAGIO is less stress. It makes me feel like I am actively doing something to help prevent future disability. I take it in the morning at the same time, 7 AM, and I just get on with my day.
I did experience two GI side effects. They were very mild, lasted around four to six weeks, and were very tolerable. Very reasonable trade-off.
After I made my decision to begin AUBAGIO, it was a process. There were blood tests that had to be conducted in order to make sure that everything was OK for me to begin. I had to take a pregnancy test to ensure that I was not pregnant at the time. There was also a TB test.
When I started on AUBAGIO, my doctor said I needed to use effective birth control. It was a little bit personal but it was necessary. When I talked to my physician about possibly becoming pregnant in the near future, my doctor told me about an accelerated elimination process…if or whenever I decide to have another child.
Since being on AUBAGIO, I have not experienced any additional relapses.
When I think of AUBAGIO, I think of success. MS is life changing. I don't let MS define me, I never have. I always try to see my life in ability, not future disabilities. I don't look into my life as having a black cloud above it called MS. It's not something I want to define me. It's not something that I want to make me feel like less of a person — or less able. That's how I view my MS.
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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