I’ve just been diagnosed and because I have had two ‘episodes’ in the last 6-8 months my neurologist feels I should go onto interferon. I had avoided them up this point (I was lucky and got offered when I was still at CIS stage) but decided to wait and see. Anyway, I have finally come round to the idea of having the interferon as I want to do everything I can but I am really confused as to which one I should take. I have read the studies on both Avonex and Rebif and my confusion lies in’ Rebif works better because it gives a better steady state becuase the injections are thrice weekly, equally the side effect profile is higher and the relapse rate only marginally better than Avonex.
The reason I am deliberating is because I am terrified of needles(despite two children, requiring an induction of labour and cannulas etc ) so Avonex once a weekly seems a good option for that reason adn that I have to be fairl active for my kids and my job. But if I have finally come round to taking interferon I want to take the one that is most effective. I know that each person is different and the medication will work differently, but its really hard to decide (I have been on the ms decisions website). So any experience with either would be helpful when deciding.