BG12 is now referred to as Tecfidera. As i mentioned before, i go for my "juicing up" on Friday and even though i won't see my doctor, i'll either see A doctor or a nurse practitioner so i'm definitely going to get as much info as i can from them and if possible start the ball rolling. a complete blood count must be done prior to starting, so i'll suggest to whomever i talk to that they might as well order it.
- there's no waiting period after stopping the last therapy before starting it...that's good. that way i can start it sooner rather than later because the Tysabri won't have to be out of my system
- there is a $10 copay program. the site states that there is no income requirement, no time limit and no waiting (enrollment can happen as soon as you go on it); this is good news...hopefully alot of people can take advantage of this
- moderate level of alcohol has no effect on it or it's workings. WOOHOO!! it's no secret that i enjoy beverages of the alcoholic kind :-) the day that i am told that i can no longer drink is the day that this shit will become unbearable. the question of how the drug will interact with the alcohol is MOST important - i don't care, it is what it is
it appears that the most serious side effect of it is that it could cause a decrease in the white blood cell count (nothing in life is free) and the most common effects are flushing, itching, redness, rash and nausea, vomiting, diarrhea stomach pain or indigestion - goody! these also may decrease over time...but i'll take those over a fatal brain infection any day...I'll be adding a little blue pill to my pill box regimen :-)
so...more to come. wish me luck on friday!