your doctor about
Rebif® (interferon beta-1a)
It's very important to choose a therapy that helps you reach your relapsing MS treatment goals. So take a moment to think about what's important to you, and be sure to discuss your thoughts with your healthcare provider.
Questions for your healthcare provider
Choosing the right medication for you is important. So be sure to ask these questions about any treatment being considered:
Has it been proven to achieve 3 key treatment goals in relapsing MS?
- Slowed disability progression
- Reduced relapse rates
- Reduced active brain lesions on the studied MRI measures*†
- The exact correlation between MRI findings and the current or future clinical status of patients, including disability progression, is unknown.
- Has it been proven to work better than another MS therapy in a head-to-head clinical study?
- Does it have a well-established safety profile?
- Does it offer product features designed for flexibility?
- Will there be support for me when I take the therapy?
If you'd like more help for talking to your healthcare provider, call MS LifeLines® at 1-877-447-3243.
Refers to new lesions and total lesion burden or area as defined in the AAN and MS Council guidelines.
† New or enlarging lesions detected with PD/T2-weighted MRI.
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6 tips for better communication
Have you ever left an appointment and realized you forgot to discuss questions or thoughts you might have had? Are you overwhelmed by some of the language your healthcare provider uses to discuss your test results or your MS?
Here are some ideas to help make conversations about MS with your healthcare provider more productive:
- Bring a friend with you. It can help to have another person listen to your healthcare provider and take notes to help you remember the details later.
- Write your questions down ahead of time. Prioritize the top 3 questions you'd like to ask during your appointment, and remember to take notes.
- Ask your healthcare provider to explain anything you don't understand. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
- Try not to downplay your symptoms or feelings. Remember, the people on your healthcare team are experts in caring for people living with MS—try to tell them exactly how you are doing.
- Ask about follow-up. Is it best to get in touch by phone or email, or should you plan another visit?
- Keep all your medical records in one place. Store your appointment notes, invoices, test results, treatment journal, etc., in a binder or box, so you can refer to them quickly and easily.
Want more tips for talking to your doctor?
Harold Moses, MD shares what he asks patients who are newly diagnosed with relapsing MS. He gives tips on what to do if you can't remember the details of symptoms as well as questions to ask your doctor.What a doctor asks his new patients