Hi everyone, hope you’re all doing well 🙂 So, after reading lots of horror stories about Avonex I was pretty much terrified about taking it myself but two months ago I finally decided to go on it. I remember how scared I was so I hope my experience with it might provide some relief for anyone thinking of going on it. What was most scary for me was the Avonex needle on the auto-inject pen – it seems pretty big but thankfully the actual injecting part turned out to be pretty much painless… it is definitely less painful than blood tests and not being able to see the needle when you inject helps calm the nerves a bit 🙂 The side effects have been tolerable too; I mostly get flu-like symptoms but I take ibuprofen and paracetamol and time my injection so that I can sleep through them. Side effects do defer from people to people but I was wondering if anyone else got headaches and felt completely out of it and energy-less the next day? Is there anything that you do to minimise side effects the next day? I always feel iffy about taking ibuprofen and paracetamol too much and usually take them as a last resort :/
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