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Has Anyone Been Advised By Their Doctor That They Can Stop Taking Betaseron Once They Reach Age 60-65?

Has Anyone Been Advised By Their Doctor That They Can Stop Taking Betaseron Once They Reach Age 60-65?

posted February 3, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

I am 75 years old, MS for 45 years. I have not been on any MS treatment medications for 20 years and I have been in remission for those 20 years.

My Neurologist did say that he has seen the MS burn out in older individuals. He also said that an exacerbation in an older individual could be rather harsh.

posted February 3, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

I visited my neurologist this morning and after a neurologic examination we discussed the results of my MRI from December 5 2018. After being off Tecfidera for seven months no new lesions. My Multiple sclerosis is dormant. The statistics are that the chances of me having an exacerbation after the age of 70 is one in six
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posted February 3, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

@A MyMSTeam Member, I also had very good medical insurance through my employer. When I retired Medicare became my primary insurance and I was able to keep my employer insurance as my secondary insurance. Today I continue to have very good insurance.

posted February 3, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

@A MyMSTeam Member Thats wonderful! I was considering switching to a pill but chickened out. I’ve had no relapses or progression with the Betaseron so I decided to stay with it.

posted February 3, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

I live in Illinois and my Neurologist is at the University of Chicago. They were part of the team that developed Betaseron so their patients could go on the drug as soon as it was approved. I have been on it ever since. It has kept my MS in check.

posted February 3, 2019

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