I just finished a phone call with a specialty pharmacist. She discussed starting Aubagio, a medication to manage my MS.
Thankfully, I’ve been fully approved for a grant to take Aubagio. Without such coverage, my monthly co-payment would have been close to $400.
I’m happy that this medication will be mailed to me, and that it doesn’t require refrigeration (unlike Copaxone). It’s also a relief to know that this medication can simply be left at my residence, as opposed to my needing to sign for it.
I’m somewhat concerned about the possible side effects of starting this medication, including diarrhea, nausea, peripheral neuropathy, and temporary hair thinning.
I was informed that my hair might thin for the first three months of being on this medication. I certainly have experienced hair loss in the past, due to taking medications.
Aubagio requires monthly bloodwork, for the first six months. It may cause altered liver enzymes, as well as a decreased white blood cell count. After the first six months, bloodwork will only be required twice per year.
Since it’s been some time since I discontinued Copaxone, due to experiencing severe post-injection reactions, I’m looking forward to starting Aubagio. I know that it’s critically important to manage my relapsing-remitting MS.