Most Interferon Betas are injected drugs or medications, used in the battle against MS. They are normally injected into the muscles of the thigh, upper arm, or buttock. The frequency of these injections will depend upon your specific condition and which type of Interferon has been prescribed. It has also been noted that this classification of drugs balances the expression of both pro- and anti-inflammatory agents in the brain, along with reducing the number of inflammatory cells that are able to cross the blood brain barrier, leading to an overall reduction in neuron inflammation. Another effect of using these drugs is the increased production of Nerve Growth Factor and improved neuronal survival.
Listed below are some of the drugs included in the Interferon Beta class.
The best use of Interferon Betas is for treating those who have MS relapses followed by periods of recovery. Studies show those treated soon after being diagnosed with MS are likely to have better results than those who delay treatment. In some cases, people may want to consider such treatment even after their first attack.
Many people will experience some type of reaction at the injection site. Whether this is swelling, redness, bruising or irritation, it will typically go away after one to two months. In other cases, some patients may experience flu-like symptoms for one or two days after an injection. These can include:
Other side effects include:
At this time, there is no information or no known drug interactions for Interferon Betas.
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