Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I hope you’re coming to terms with it - it took me a very long time and having to choose a drug I’d ‘like’ to self-inject didn’t help at all ;-). My first thought was that I didn’t want any of this to be happening at all but hey ho!
I’m coming up to my fourth anniversary of using Rebif. I chose it before the Rebismart was available and switched to the Rebismart auto injector when my nurse realised that my dexterity issues were affecting my use of the previous injector.
I used the msdecisions website as well as a pack that was provided by the hospital. The nurse at the hospital also demonstrated all the syringes and the auto injectors for the different drugs.
In the end I chose the drug based on the frequency of injection, size of the needle and side effects. I did have mild flu type side effects with Rebif for the first few weeks but these were easily controlled by taking ibuprofen and paracetomol at the time of injection and every 4 hours afterwards for about half a day. The side effects died down just as I went up to the full dose.
I had one sensory relapse shortly after starting after Rebif which didn’t concern me too much as it takes a while to build up in your system. Then I had about 3.5 years in remission before a relapse earlier this year. This relapse was much milder than the disabling one which led to diagnosis so I believe that Rebif is working; reducing the frequency and severity of my relapses.
Whatever you decide, it’s not set in stone and if it doesn’t work for you or if you cannot tolerate the side effects it should be easy enough to switch.