9 Tips for Taking Rebif

By taking Rebif® (interferon beta-1a)—you have taken an important step in treating your relapsing multiple sclerosis. It's important to maintain your treatment regimen as your doctor has prescribed. Here are some tips to consider that may help keep you on track.

Tip 1

On injection days, set an alarm on your cell phone or another mobile device that can remind you when it's time to inject.

Tip 2

Put into practice some tips that can help with certain side effects. For example, rotating injection site may help manage injection-site reactions. For more information, talk to your health care professional or call an MS LifeLines Nurse Support Specialist toll-free at 1-877-44-REBIF (1-877-447-3243) Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 10 PM ET and Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM ET.

Tip 3

Sometimes, some people just need a break from giving themselves injections. If you feel this way, ask a care partner or a nurse for help administering injections, at least for a little while. You may find that taking a break from giving yourself a shot once in a while may relieve this feeling.

Hear how MS LifeLines Ambassador Kelly gives her husband, Mike, injections from time to time to give him a break in his routine.

Tip 4

If you're feeling good, connect this good feeling to staying on therapy as directed. Try and resist any urges to take a break from therapy because you feel well. Rebif has proven efficacy in slowing disability progression, reducing relapse rates and reducing the development of active brain lesions on MRI. But Rebif can only work when you take it as prescribed by your doctor. The exact correlation between MRI findings and the current or future clinical status of patients, including disability progression, is unknown.

Please see important safety information below and the Rebif Medication Guide and Prescribing Information at the top of this website, and speak with your doctor for more information.

Traveling with Rebif

Tip 1

MS LifeLines provides a free travel kit for any person taking Rebif. This travel kit includes an insulated container to keep your Rebif cool while you travel. If you do not have a travel kit, call MS LifeLines toll-free at 1-877-44-REBIF (1-877-447-3243) and we will send one to you.

Remember that you may want to pack a little more medication than you need in order to cover any travel delays.

Tip 2

Rebif should be stored in the refrigerator at 2° to 8°C/36° to 46°F. Do not freeze. You should check the temperature of the refrigerator you are using while traveling to avoid unintentionally freezing Rebif. For small hotel refrigerators, store Rebif away from the unit's cooling element and small freezer compartment. If you are traveling and a refrigerator is not available, Rebif may be stored at or below room temperature (25°C/77°F) for up to 30 days and away from heat and light.

Tip 3

If you're traveling by car, don't leave your supplies on the dashboard, in the glove compartment, in the trunk or in a parked car. Keep them with you in the climate-controlled area of the car.

Tip 4

If you are flying, keep your supplies with you in your carry-on luggage so they remain with you in case of lost luggage! Prior to flying, be sure to check with your airline and the latest FAA regulations regarding traveling with injectable medicines. These rules are subject to change and may require certain documentation, such as a note from your doctor that describes the medication and why you take it. The FAA provides some guidance on its website.

Tip 5

Remember to bring along an extra ice pack. The Rebif travel kit includes a reuseable ice pack.

Marcia J.
MS-Certified Field Nurse, MS LifeLines

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