At the risk of jinxing it, I am going to suggest that I am out of the woods in regards to the side effects that plague many tecfidera takers when they first begin treatment. Almost two weeks into it, I have not suffered a single side effect. In fact, I have felt really good these last two weeks on the drug.
Repeating a few factors that may have contributed to the success:
- I took a full adult dose aspirin (not a baby one) half an hour before every dose. I dropped this after a week, with no negative effect.
- A daily probiotic. I began taking Culturelle five days prior to beginning the tecfidera. I have a slew of coast to coast and overseas flights coming up for work so I will stay on this for at least another month to play it safe.
- I’ve taken every dose on a full stomach. I eat a lot of proteins and fats anyway so I didn’t modify my diet for the tecfidera.
Popping a pill at the end of my breakfasts and dinners is SO much easier and more convenient than giving myself a shot. I really hope that it is as effective at slowing down my MS progression. Time will tell.