Darin has been on AUBAGIO for over 6 years. Keep reading to learn more about him—and his journey.
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My name is Darin and I live in North Dakota. I use AUBAGIO for my relapsing remitting MS.
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 was diagnosed in 1997, on June 6th.
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."
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.
Right before I started taking AUBAGIO, the doctor had to do some blood work.
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.
I was aware that there were potential side effects. Luckily, I had no side effects whatsoever. Which was great for me.
I did have one relapse.
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.
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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 may report side effects to the FDA at 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.
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