Common myths & facts
Don't believe everything you hear about relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). There are a lot of misconceptions. If you find yourself on information overload and aren't sure what to believe, always check with your healthcare provider. For a quick look at some common misconceptions, just click on the myths below.
The fact is, although therapies may seem similar, there are some important differences you should be aware of.
When discussing treatment with your HCP, these are areas you should focus on:
- The indications
- The efficacy and safety profiles
- How they need to be taken
- Storage requirements
- The support available
The fact is, there are steps you can take to help reduce flu-like symptoms. You should talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter pain relievers to help lessen flu-like symptoms.4 Additionally, gradually increasing the dose (called titration) can help you adjust to BETASERON therapy.4 Your healthcare team and BETA Nurse can suggest other ways to help manage certain side effects you may have.
The fact is, several relapses a year means your current treatment may not be working for you. If that's happening to you, talk to your healthcare provider.
The fact is, we learn more about RRMS therapies every day. The treatment you began with may not be the right choice for you now. If you are having frequent relapses or are experiencing more side effects, you should speak to your healthcare professional about whether a different treatment may be right for you.
The fact is, RRMS can be deceiving. Whether you're experiencing relapses or not, RRMS can be an active disease1. Remember, being free of symptoms doesn't mean you're free of RRMS.
The fact is, RRMS is unpredictable. After you've had a first event consistent with MS, there is no way to tell when relapses might occur or how severe the effects might be. While scientists continue to seek answers, some studies suggest the importance of starting treatment as soon as possible.1,5
Not every person living with RRMS is the same and there are important differences among treatments (see Myth #1). It's worth taking some time to look closely at all of them.
The fact is, a good support system can make a real difference when you're dealing with RRMS. People like your healthcare team, family, and friends are your first line of support. You can also call an MS-trained BETA Nurse at 1-800-788-1467 anytime, even weekends and holidays.
The fact is, injections site reactions (ISRs) may be reduced for some people. For example, patients taking BETASERON should rotate their injection sites to help lessen the chance of having a serious skin reaction. Speak to your healthcare professional for additional tips on how to minimize ISRs.
The fact is, support programs differ in the level of support they offer. A good support program can help you with your therapy. You should familiarize yourself with what each program offers, such as copay assistance and access to MS-trained nurses. Find out what BETAPLUS® offers to see if it provides the right support for you and your needs.