AUBAGIO® patient, Rebecca AUBAGIO® patient, Rebecca

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Rebecca

Diagnosed with relapsing
MS in 2011.

Rebecca doesn't let a relapsing MS diagnosis stop her from being an active mom to her three daughters.

Individual experiences may vary.

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AUBAGIO 14 MG

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Rebecca's Story

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

My name's Rebecca and I'm from Oklahoma.

I take AUBAGIO 14 mg for my relapsing remitting MS.

I love being a mother.

I take an immense amount of pride in motherhood and being a mom.

I am currently a full-time student. I've done accounting my whole life and decided to go back to get my accounting degree.

I also substitute at my daughter's elementary school and I work at the college. So, pretty busy.

I have three daughters. My oldest is 23. I have a 22-year-old. And I have a 7-year-old. Kinsey, Katie, and Casey.

My free time, it revolves around my 7-year-old. She's, like, my world. Other than homework, we do activities outside. I'm always trying to find something fun for her to do.

She's advanced for her age. Sometimes I think she knows too much. She'd be like "Speed limit Mom. I saw that speed limit sign back there." I'm like, "Okay, okay, I'm the mother."

She definitely keeps me young.

I've been living with an MS diagnosis for just a few years. But I've been experiencing MS symptoms for at least 20 years.

I was officially diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in November of 2011. I was 42 years old.

In 2011, Rebecca was diagnosed with relapsing MS.

My diagnosis came about a little bit different than most. In my 20s, I had an MRI. And they told me at the time it was possible MS, but they weren't sure. They said have one every couple years just to keep an eye on it. So, I did.

I first noticed I was having trouble walking from the parking garage to my office.

I just got to where I wasn't enjoying the walk as much.

I knew I was out of shape. But I didn't think I was out of shape that bad.

I would have to hold onto park benches along the way.

I was just exhausted a lot more. I wanted to lay down a lot. I loved to be active with my daughter and I wasn't. I just couldn't do it.

When I heard my diagnosis, I lost it.

I remember the day I was diagnosed in my neurologist's office. And honestly—I lost it.

I just took a day, basically, to feel sorry for myself. And then after that, I never looked back. I've got a great doctor. I trust him, I believe in him. I knew I was in capable hands and I decided not to feel pity for myself anymore. I can get through this.

You know, I had a 7-year-old that I needed to, you know, be strong for too. So.

I knew I couldn't beat it, but I knew I could be strong for her and get through it because I had her to think about it. It wasn't just me.

I've been on a lot of different therapies including injectable, infusion, oral medication.

Unfortunately, I was experiencing some disease activity while on these other therapies, along with some side effects.

Discovering AUBAGIO.

My doctor did tell me, "You know what? They're making advances all the time. Let's try something else."

So he brought up AUBAGIO, and after everything I'd been through. We decided to go for it. I'm glad I did.

I started AUBAGIO 14 mg in September 2013 because it was one dose a day. And I completed the monthly monitoring for the first six months.

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

I don't have to think about it.

AUBAGIO's once-a-day dose is just perfect for me. I take it in the morning with my vitamins and I don't even have to think about it the rest of the day.

Rebecca talked to her healthcare provider about all the medications and vitamins she takes.

I like that I can take AUBAGIO with or without food.

My doctor and I discussed the possible side effects.

I personally didn't experience any, but everyone's experience is different.

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.

Since taking AUBAGIO I have not had any relapses.

Individual experiences may vary.

I haven't noticed any disease progression since starting AUBAGIO.

I'm so thankful to have found a medication that is a great fit for my lifestyle.

Individual experiences may vary.

I get strength from my daughters.

I draw my strength to get through MS from my daughters.

They inspire me to—to want to live life normally, to not dwell on having a disability.

What I think about MS in my life is that I don't think about it. I just forget that I have it. I don't think about it. I don't dwell on it. I consider myself just like anybody else.

Thank you for watching Rebecca's story.

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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