Watch the video below to see where the first few weeks of treatment with TECFIDERA might lead you. You’ll also learn helpful tips for staying on track.
During your first week, you’ll take the starter dose (120 mg) as one pill twice a day.
After your first week you’ll take the regular dose (240 mg) as one pill twice a day. It's important to take TECFIDERA exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
If you take too much TECFIDERA, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
Take the starter dose (120 mg):
one pill twice a day your first week
Take the regular dose (240 mg):
one pill twice a day after first week
Sticking to a regular schedule may help you remember to take it twice a day.
If you take one pill with breakfast and one pill with dinner, it could help you remember to take TECFIDERA twice a day.
Use the TecTrack™ app to be reminded of your daily doses.
Be sure not to crush, chew, or sprinkle TECFIDERA on food. Swallow it whole and intact.
Protect TECFIDERA from light. You can store it in the original bottle or a light-proof pill case at 59° to 86°F.
As part of your treatment with this relapsing MS oral medication, your healthcare provider will keep a close eye on your lymphocyte count and liver function. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your white blood cell count as follows:
If your lymphocytes fall below a certain level for more than 6 months, your healthcare provider may talk to you about interrupting your treatment.
To check your liver function your healthcare provider will do blood tests as follows:
Ask your healthcare provider when you should come in for your next blood test.
TECFIDERA is not available at your local pharmacy or standard mail order service, but you don’t have to go out of your way to get it. Your healthcare provider's office and your insurance company will work together to order it from a specialty pharmacy. This type of pharmacy carries medicines that need special handling or storage. Once an order is placed on your behalf, it is shipped directly to you.