Betaseron is the trade name of a prescription drug containing interferon beta-1b as the active ingredient. It is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) in patients who have experienced their first episode of clinical exacerbation and show signs that indicate they have multiple sclerosis. It slows the progression of multiple sclerosis; hence, reducing the frequency of clinical exacerbation. Interferon beta-1b belongs to a class of interferons called cytokines. It should be noted that Betaseron does not cure multiple sclerosis; however, it slows down its progression and reduces the frequency of relapsing. It is manufactured by Bayer pharmaceutics.
Interferon beta-1b is the active component of Betaseron, a protein molecule containing anti-inflammatory effects. The actual mechanism on how it works is unknown, but it is believed to works by reducing the number of inflammatory cells that cross the blood brain barrier and stimulates secretion of nerve growth factor which promotes the growth nerve cells.
It is used in the management/prevention of relapsing of multiple sclerosis in patients who have experienced clinical exacerbation or have an MRI indicating the presence of multiple sclerosis.
Do not share your medication with any other patients, take the medicines as directed by your doctor.
The safety of Betaseron in children under the age of 18 years has not been established.
Some side effects may include, but not limited to, the list below. Seek emergency attention if side effects become bothersome or severe:
This may not be all of the possible side effects. Review the product pamphlet and speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
This may not be all of the relevant contraindications. Discuss your medical history with your doctor to ensure this medication is suitable for you.
Before using any new medications, inform your doctors and/or pharmacist about any other medical condition that you may have and if you are allergies you may have. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you intend to become pregnant.
This may not be all of the relevant warnings.
Certain medications when used together with Betaseron may affect the effects other medications in the body. Tell your doctor and/or pharmacist about any herbal, over the counter or prescription medication you might be using.
Seek emergency help immediately or call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 if you suspect that you might have overdosed.
Take a dose as soon as you remember missing a dose, but if it’s almost time for the next dose, do not double dose.