Jill is living with relapsing MS and has experience taking Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate). Watch the video to hear her story and learn about the support she gets from her daughter.
The people who appear in these videos have experience taking TECFIDERA. They may or may not be currently on TECFIDERA. They have been paid to share their stories about living with MS. Individual experiences with TECFIDERA may vary. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if TECFIDERA may be right for you.
Saying yes to Possibilities
Jill’s TECFIDERA Story
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Jill has experience taking Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate) to treat her relapsing MS. She may or may not be currently on TECFIDERA. Jill is a paid spokesperson for Biogen. Individual experiences may vary. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if TECFIDERA may be right for you.
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Jill: I’m Jill...
Jill: …and in 2001, I was diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS).
I had this feeling in my body that I knew wasn’t right. It was like an electric current going through my body when I put my head down.
So at the beginning when I was diagnosed, there were no oral medications. So, I needed to have, an injectable medication. So, I needed to rely on a family member to help me out.
I was having more frequent relapses.
So, when the opportunity came up to change my treatment, I have to be honest by saying I was not totally nervous changing to this.
Jill: My goals for my MS treatment are to cut relapses,
TECFIDERA was shown to delay progression of physical disability.
Jill: …slow disability progression, slow development of brain lesions, and to remain as active as possible.
TECFIDERA® (dimethyl fumarate) is a prescription medicine used to treat people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults. It is not known if TECFIDERA is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
Jill: When my doctor and I had decided that I should look into taking TECFIDERA,
Jill: …we had discussed how not only was it a pill, which was a wonderful option for me, we had discussed how well the clinical trials had gone.
In 2 separate two-year studies in adults with relapsing-remitting MS, compared with placebo, TECFIDERA:
*In Study 1, TECFIDERA reduced the risk of relapse by 49% (27% had a relapse with TECFIDERA, and 46% with placebo). In Study 2, TECFIDERA reduced the risk of relapse by 34% (29% had a relapse with TECFIDERA, and 41% with placebo).
†In Study 1, TECFIDERA was shown to reduce the number of Gd+ lesions by 90%, new or newly enlarging T2 lesions by 85%, and new T1 lesions by 72% compared with placebo. In Study 2, TECFIDERA was shown to reduce the number of new or newly enlarging lesions by 74%, 71%, and 57%, respectively.
Jill: I’m fortunate that since I’ve been on TECFIDERA, I have had fewer relapses, and I have no new lesions when I have my MRIs taken.
Jill’s Experience with Side Effects
Jill: So, when I sat down with my neurologist to discuss taking TECFIDERA, we discussed some of the side effects.
The most common side effects of TECFIDERA include:
Common side effects can happen especially at the start of treatment and may decrease over time.
Jill: Flushing and upset stomach are the 2 most common side effects.
*This tip is based on a small 12-week study looking at people experiencing stomach problems while taking TECFIDERA. They recorded their experience of managing stomach problems.
Jill: He had said if I was having any of the flushing symptoms to take an aspirin, and to take the medicine with some food in the morning and in the evening, and that would help if I was having an upset stomach.
My doctor told me that taking the medication might affect my white blood cell count...
Your doctor should check your white blood cell count and liver function:
TECFIDERA may cause serious side effects, including allergic reactions, PML, which is a rare brain infection that usually leads to death or severe disability, decreases in your white blood cell count, liver problems, herpes zoster infections (shingles), and other serious infections.
Jill: ...and my liver functions. So, every 3 months I have to go and have my blood tests done, and so far everything looks good.
I recommend that when you go to speak to your doctor that you ask all your questions. Write them down when you’re sitting at home so you don’t forget them. It’s important to get all of your questions answered the way that you understand them, so you can be extremely proactive in your health.
Reminders, tools, and more, to help you stay on track with TECFIDERA.
Consider taking TECFIDERA once with breakfast and again with dinner.
Jill: I do have the TecTrack app on my phone. So, I had set it up for times that are convenient for me to take my medicine.
TecTrack™ can be downloaded at the App Store® and Google Play™. You can also sign up at Tecfidera.com
Where Jill Finds Support
Jill: My family is one huge support system for me. When I’m not feeling well, they’re all there to pitch in and help. Whether it’s cooking dinner, or going to the store for me or going to the doctors’ appointments with me.
Melissa, who is my oldest daughter, she kind of understood a little bit of what was going on. That I wasn’t feeling the same way. I think part of her growth with me, having MS, Melissa’s always by my side. She’s extremely kind and compassionate helping me get through the tough times, and helping me get those goals achieved that I have, and in the meantime I think it changed her to be such a wonderful young lady that is kind and compassionate.
We are just one big support system, I have the best cheerleaders.
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