I take tecfidera and yes, there is flushing sometimes.....if it lasts more than a few minutes, I take a low dose aspirin.....but I don't mind the flushing.....I pretend that someone said something that made me blush....gotta keep a sense of humour.....:)
I've been on Tecfidera for almost 3 years. I started on it in October 2013. I've been doing really well on this drug and the fact that it's pill and not a shot or infusion has really worked for me. I don't even know if I could even give myself a shot anymore. I probably could, but rather not! I never heard of Gilenya.
For me, I've had very few side effects. I do have occasional stomach discomfort, but that's when I don't eat enough fat and protein. My doctor recommended I eat fat and protein to lessen the possibility of stomach issues. Because of this, I make a point to exercise more often to keep the weight down. He recommended eating peanut butter before taking it.
I had virtually no flushing, but a friend of mine had flushing so bad that it was painful. It just really varies with people and you won't know until you try it.
I take it, minimal problems at first now absolutely no side effects. I no longer take aspirin with it either. Biogen, the company that makes Tecfidera has a copay assistance program as well as a quick start program where they will supply the drug for free pending insurance approval so you don't have to wait to start it. I haven't been on it long enough yet to know if it's working, but the data on the drug is pretty good. I don't know what my doctor did, but my insurance approved it right off the bat without making me try other drugs first. Anyway, if you neuro thinks it a good option for you, I wouldn't be put off by the listed side effects. Everyone is different but looking at the data most people do just fine with it, I can say that I did.
I take tecfidera and have for almost 3 years now. The worst side effect is the 'flushing' as they call it. However, it does not happen everyday and although I become a blaring red blotchy mess hot as hell for about 20 minutes - I am happy with how I am fighting the MS symptoms.
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