Let's talk about AUBAGIO side effects
When taking any medication, it’s important to understand how it might affect your body, and AUBAGIO is no different. This section details the side effects reported in clinical trials. Scroll down to see all sections, or click a link below to go directly to that section:
The most common side effects of AUBAGIO
Patients experienced some side effects, and below is a graph of the most common side effects seen in clinical trials. Of course, not every individual reacts the same to medicine. So your healthcare provider is a great person to discuss your concerns about side effects with you. You can also call the MS One to One® Nurses, who can answer your questions about AUBAGIO: 1-855-MSOne2One (1-855-676-6326).
- Most cases of hair thinning or hair loss were mild to moderate and improved on their own
- Most cases of nausea and diarrhea were mild to moderate and not persistent
Common side effects rarely led to the discontinuation of AUBAGIO.
In a clinical trial, side effects rarely led to the discontinuation of AUBAGIO. 1.4% of patients stopped taking AUBAGIO due to hair thinning or hair loss and less than 1% stopped treatment because of nausea or diarrhea.
Possible serious side effects of AUBAGIO
It’s important to know the serious risks of any medication you take. And when it comes to AUBAGIO, it’s no different. If you experience any of the following side effects while taking AUBAGIO, call your healthcare provider right away.
In addition to the risk of liver problems and the risk of harm to an unborn baby, other serious side effects include:
- Reduced white blood cell count—this may cause you to have more infections
- Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet that is different from your MS symptoms
- Kidney problems
- High potassium levels in your blood
- Serious skin problems
- Breathing problems (new or worsening)
- High blood pressure
The facts about possible hair thinning or hair loss and AUBAGIO
Hair thinning or hair loss was a side effect of AUBAGIO reported in clinical trials. 13% of patients on AUBAGIO 14 mg had some problem with hair thinning or hair loss. That means the majority of people did not report experiencing it. But that’s not the end of the story. In most cases, hair thinning or hair loss was mild and usually improved within about 6 months of starting therapy.
“I did experience a little hair loss and noticed extra hair in the shower and in my brush, but it stopped for me after 6 months.”
Individual experiences may vary.
- Jessica B.
Information for women of childbearing potential
If you’re not pregnant and are using effective birth control, you can take AUBAGIO. Women who are pregnant or not using effective birth control should not take AUBAGIO because it’s possible that AUBAGIO may harm your unborn baby. Always talk to your healthcare provider about all your medications if you are planning to become pregnant.
You should have a pregnancy test before you start taking AUBAGIO. There is a process called accelerated elimination to help you remove AUBAGIO from your body if needed. After stopping AUBAGIO, continue using effective birth control until you have tests to make sure AUBAGIO is out of your system.
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. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about your health and your baby’s health.
Men considering taking AUBAGIO should also talk to their healthcare provider about family planning.