AUBAGIO® patient, Darin AUBAGIO® patient, Darin

Meet
Darin

Diagnosed with relapsing
MS in 1997.

Darin has been on AUBAGIO for years. Keep reading to learn more about him—and his journey.

Individual experiences may vary.

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AUBAGIO 14 MG

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Darin's Story

Actual AUBAGIO patient who has been compensated by Sanofi Genzyme. Individual experiences may vary.

My name is Darin and I live in North Dakota. I use AUBAGIO for my relapsing remitting MS.

Darin is taking AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) 14 mg.

I have a family with four children—two boys and two girls—and a lovely wife. I work in the financial field.

I love to garden…and I enjoy being outside…and just being with nature. I'd much rather would be outdoors. I kill plants that are inside…by…I don't water them.

When I'm gardening I look at things and I can see progress being made. At the end of the season I get to pick my vegetables. I get to see my flowers.

If I had to describe MS in one word, it's stress. And gardening helps me relieve that stress.

"I had symptoms for about a month"

I was diagnosed in 1997, on June 6th.

In 1997, Darin was diagnosed with relapsing MS.

I had the symptoms probably about a month prior to, it wasn't a long period of time. My left side would tighten up. And I'd have to hold onto something to make sure that I maintained my balance. My doctor called me…and she said, "You have multiple sclerosis." I laughed. And she said, "That's not a reaction I normally get." I told her point blank, "I thought I had a brain tumor, I was gonna be dead in six months. This is a lot better, and I can live with this."

"I had a problem with injections"

My doctor strongly encouraged me to do something…I chose not to…I had a problem with injections. About six months later I had a massive attack. I was walking across a parking lot and I collapsed. Once I had my attack, I did go on one of my injectables. I was on my next injectable for about eight years. When I was taking injections, I found that it was tough to stay on a schedule. I had to think, "Where was my last injection?" because I had to rotate my sites.

"I can go on with the rest of my day"

Right before I started taking AUBAGIO, the doctor had to do some blood work.

Speak to your doctor about monitoring requirements for the first 6 months of taking AUBAGIO.

I talked to my wife extensively and told her I was interested in taking a pill once a day.

I loved the fact that AUBAGIO was a pill. It's once a day.

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 of the side effects of AUBAGIO.

I was aware that there were potential side effects. Luckily, I had no side effects whatsoever. Which was great for me.

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you. Darin spoke with his doctor about potential side effects.

I did have one relapse.

Darin started AUBAGIO 14 mg in 2012. Individual experiences may vary.

"You have to take charge of your life"

What I tell people when they tell me they have multiple sclerosis is, I tell 'em, "You have to take charge of your life. You have to make the decision that's right for you. It's your body. You need to be in control."

I take care of my life without thinking of my MS. I want to take it all in. That's why I take AUBAGIO.

Thank you for watching Darin's story.

AUBAGIO is available in 14 MG and 7 MG tablets SANOFI GENZYME

Ask your healthcare provider if AUBAGIO is right for you.

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INDICATION

AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

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. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver within 6 months before you start AUBAGIO and monthly for 6 months after starting AUBAGIO. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms of liver problems: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, tiredness, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, or dark urine.
  • Are pregnant. AUBAGIO may harm an unborn baby. You should have a pregnancy test before starting AUBAGIO. After stopping AUBAGIO, continue to use effective birth control until you have made sure your blood levels of AUBAGIO are lowered. If you become pregnant while taking AUBAGIO or within 2 years after stopping, tell your healthcare provider right away and enroll in the AUBAGIO Pregnancy Registry at 1‑800‑745‑4447, option 2.
  • 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.

  • Have had an allergic reaction to AUBAGIO or a medicine called leflunomide.
  • Take a medicine called leflunomide for rheumatoid arthritis.

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.

Please click here for full Prescribing Information, including boxed WARNING and Medication Guide.

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