“For me, it's all about relaxing during injections, but I do whatever works to keep myself on treatment, and you should find your motivation too.”
Here's some practical, everyday information that everyone taking Rebif ® (interferon beta-1a) should become familiar with.
4 tips for taking Rebif
By choosing Rebif, 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 to help keep you on track:
- Set remindersOn injection days, set an alarm on your cell phone or another mobile device that can remind you when it's time to inject.
- Learn from experiencePut into practice tips that can help with certain side effects. For example, rotating your injection sites may help manage injection-site reactions. You can find more tips on the possible side effects page. For more information, talk to your healthcare professional or call an MS LifeLines Nurse, toll-free, at 1-877-447-3243.
- Don't go it aloneSometimes, you may feel like taking a break from giving yourself injections—but it's important to stay on your treatment routine! So why not ask a care partner or a nurse for help administering injections, at least for a little while? You may find that this is just the break you were looking for.
- Feel good about what you're doingIf you're feeling good, connect this feeling to staying on therapy as directed. Try to resist any urges to take a break from therapy because you feel well. Consider rewarding yourself, just for fun—for example, if you put a dollar in a jar each time you inject on schedule, you can treat yourself to something nice after a few months!
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.
5 tips for traveling with Rebif
MS LifeLines®provides a free travel kit for anyone 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 1-877-447-3243, and we will send one to you.
Remember that you may want to pack a little more medication than you think you'll need in order to cover any travel delays.
- Rebif should be stored refrigerated between 36°F and 46°F (2°C and 8°C). 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 between 36°F and 77°F (2°C and 25°C) for up to 30 days and away from heat and light.
- 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 your supplies with you in the climate-controlled area of the car. Racks in airplanes (next to the lights) can be too warm, as well.
- 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 TSA 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. Go to the Transportation Security Administration website www.tsa.gov and/or contact your airline for information regarding flying with injectable medications.
- Remember to bring along an extra ice pack. The Rebif travel kit includes a reusable ice pack.