AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.SELECT IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONDo not take AUBAGIO if you have severe liver problems, are pregnant or of childbearing potential and are not using effective birth control, have had an allergic reaction to AUBAGIO or leflunomide, or are taking a medicine called leflunomide for rheumatoid arthritis.
The great tennis player, Billie Jean King, famously said, “champions adjust.” And while that motto certainly worked for her, those are words anyone with relapsing MS can live by. Because, with relapsing MS, you can always count on the fact that things change. Making adjustments is part of the journey.
For instance, you and your healthcare provider (HCP) may believe it’s time for you to begin your first treatment. At the start of your journey, you might consider injections, infusions, and oral options.1 When you are considering a disease-modifying therapy (DMT), it is also important to think about whether you will take your treatment as prescribed.2 How will it fit in your current lifestyle? Will the form of your DMT help you to not miss doses? These are all questions that may influence your decision when it comes to selecting a relapsing MS treatment with your HCP.
If you are currently on treatment, you will want to consider some factors: if you’ve had a relapse, new lesions, or have seen signs of disability progression while on that treatment. Each is a sign you may need to talk to your HCP about changing your therapy.2 It’s never too early to prioritize slowing disability progression.3 Regularly revisiting your treatment plan with your HCP and adjusting your treatment goals is important to ensure your treatment is keeping up with your needs throughout your journey.1
When you discuss your treatment options with your HCP, it’s also wise to talk about safety.2 What is the history of the DMTs you and your HCP are considering? When weighing your options, what clinical data is available for you to review?
All relapsing MS treatments are different, and each comes with its own set of possible side effects.1 Anyone starting treatment for the first time should think about which side effects are deal-breakers for them. If you’re considering a treatment change, you may already have experience with some of these side effects. Take note of them.2 Could you possibly leave an unpleasant side effect behind? Be sure to tell your HCP about your needs and discuss your treatment goals frequently.
Do your best to look at your treatment with a critical eye.1 Then adjust so that your needs stay front and center. Reexamining your relapsing MS with your HCP is how you will maximize your options. The bottom line is, anyone can champion their needs, so speak up. Just be sure when the situation calls for it that you’re willing and ready to adapt to what is available to you.
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