Here’s some practical, everyday information that everyone taking Rebif® (interferon beta-1a) should become familiar with. While incorporating these tips into your daily routine, it’s important to remember to keep taking treatment as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
- Set reminders
On injection days, set an alarm on your cell phone or other mobile devices that can remind you when it’s time to inject. There are also many apps available that may help you remember.
- Don't go it alone
Giving yourself injections takes some getting used to. Over time and with practice, you may feel more confident. You can ask your MS LifeLines® Nurse to teach a friend or family member about injection techniques so he or she can assist you.
- Find your happy place
It may help to think about something relaxing before you inject. Breathing slowly, listening to music or soothing sounds, or imagining your favorite place can put you in the right state of mind.
- Schedule a refresher
If you’ve been injecting for a while, it’s sometimes helpful to brush up on your injection technique. Set up some time with your MS LifeLines Nurse, who may be able to give you some new tips.
- Feel good about what you’re doing
Know that you’re doing what you can to help manage MS. 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!
Please see Important Safety Information below and links to the Rebif Medication Guide and Prescribing Information at the top of this website, and speak with your healthcare provider for more information.Speak to an MS LifeLines Nurse, who can tell you more about taking Rebif
“ 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. ”
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- 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.
- You should always store your Rebif in the refrigerator between 36°F and 46°F (2°C and 8°C). Do not freeze. You should check the temperature of the refrigerator that 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 a refrigerator is not available, Rebif may be stored for up to 30 days between 36°F and 77°F (2°C and 25°C), 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.
- If you are flying, keep your supplies with you in your carry-on bag so that they remain with you in case of lost luggage! It is safe to pass Rebif and Rebif® Rebidose® through screening devices. Don’t keep Rebif in the overhead rack—the lights can make the storage space too warm.
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. You can also print a card from the TSA website that identifies you as someone with MS. This card may help expedite things at the TSA screening checkpoint. Go to TSA.gov, click on “Disabilities and Medical Conditions,” and follow instructions for the “TSA Notification Card."
- Remember to bring along an empty biohazard (sharps) container and an extra ice pack. The Rebif Travel Kit includes a reusable ice pack.
However you choose to inject your Rebif, your medicine can travel with you. Request your free Rebif® Rebidose® Travel Kit—compliments of MS LifeLines—which can hold up to a 1-month supply.Call MS LifeLines at 1-877-447-3243