Meet the MS LifeLines nurses

"When I leave a patient's
home, the one thing I
want them to remember is
that they will always have
Marcia there with them."

Marcia G. RN, MSCN,MS LifeLines Nurse

All of the MS LifeLines Nurses are MS-certified and specifically trained to help manage MS. They are here to help you with your treatment and can answer any questions you may have about relapsing MS. In addition, they can:

  • Offer information about treating with Rebif® (interferon beta-1a)
  • Provide tips that may help manage certain side effects
  • Recommend strategies to help you stay motivated with therapy
  • Provide ongoing telephone follow-up and much more

MS LifeLines Nurses are here for you

We're here: 8 AM to 10 PM ET, MON–FRI 9 AM to 5 PM ET, SAT–SUN

Call 1-877-447-3243
MS LifeLines nurses are here for you

Our nurses will come
to your home

In addition to the nurses available through the MS LifeLines call center, a dedicated team of field nurses is available in many areas of the United States.

They will come to your home and provide you with 1-on-1 training on proper injection techniques, review your Welcome Kit with you, and share tips that may help you deal with certain side effects.

Get to know a nurse

Find out what happens on a typical field nurse home visit.

Angela's Story:
20 phone calls met with care

"The nurses at MS LifeLines have been there for me."

I am a violinist. I am also hardheaded and difficult. When I was diagnosed with relapsing MS, I was determined not to let MS stand in the way of my life. Yes, my journey with MS has been filled with lots of challenges, big and small. But I couldn't let it stand in the way of my passion for music.

Now I'm a teacher. I have over 50 students in grades K through 8. I love my music and students—no matter how terrifying their violin playing may be!

Sometimes with MS, there are things that come up. The nurses at MS LifeLines have been there for me. They know me now when I call, 'cause I've called so many times! I'd say 20 times or more. And every time, they're so patient. They never tell me, "enough is enough."

They're wonderful. They say, "Okay, we're going to do what we have to do, we'll take care of it." Every month or so they call back to find out how I'm doing, see how I'm feeling, and make sure I can ask anything I need to ask. There's so much understanding; they really are dedicated to helping.

Angela L.Violinist and teacher, MS LifeLines Ambassador, living with relapsing MS

This story reflects the personal experience of one person. Results and experiences vary from patient to patient.

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Important Safety Information and Indication

Important Safety Information

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Before beginning treatment, you should discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with Rebif with your healthcare provider.

Rebif can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while taking Rebif.

  • Behavioral health problems, including depression and suicidal thoughts. You may have mood problems including depression (feeling hopeless or feeling bad about yourself), and thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide
  • Liver problems or worsening of liver problems, including liver failure. Symptoms may include nausea, loss of appetite, tiredness, dark colored urine and pale stools, yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eye, bleeding more easily than normal, confusion, and sleepiness. During your treatment with Rebif you will need to see your healthcare provider regularly and have regular blood tests to check for side effects
  • Serious allergic and skin reactions. Symptoms may include itching, swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue or throat, trouble breathing, anxiousness, feeling faint, skin rash, hives, sores in your mouth, or skin blisters and peels
  • Injection site problems. Symptoms at the injection site may include redness, pain, swelling, color changes (blue or black), and drainage of fluid
  • Blood problems. Rebif can affect your bone marrow and cause low red and white blood cell and platelet counts. In some people, these blood cell counts may fall to dangerously low levels. If your blood cell counts become very low, you can get infections and problems with bleeding and bruising. Your healthcare provider may ask you to have regular blood tests to check for blood problems
  • Seizures. Some people have had seizures while taking Rebif

Rebif will not cure your MS but may decrease the number of flare-ups of the disease and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS.

Do not take Rebif if you are allergic to interferon beta, human albumin, or any of the ingredients in Rebif.

Before you take Rebif, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any of the following conditions:

  • mental illness, including depression and suicidal behavior
  • liver problems, bleeding problems or blood clots, low blood cell counts, seizures (epilepsy), or thyroid problems
  • you drink alcohol
  • you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Rebif will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during your treatment with Rebif
  • you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Rebif passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use Rebif or breastfeed. You should not do both

Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

The most common side effects of Rebif include:

  • flu-like symptoms. You may have flu-like symptoms when you first start taking Rebif. You may be able to manage these flu-like symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain and fever reducers. For many people, these symptoms lessen or go away over time. Symptoms may include muscle aches, fever, tiredness, and chills
  • stomach pain
  • change in liver blood tests

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Rebif. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Refer to the Instructions for Use that comes with the Rebif® Rebidose® (interferon beta-1a) autoinjector.

Indication

Rebif is used to treat relapsing forms of MS to decrease the frequency of relapses and delay the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS.