Stopping Tecfidera. How?

Hi all,

After 6 months of trying, I have been given the OK to stop my beloved (said through gritted teeth) Tecfidera. I know for some people it’s awesome but for me it hasn’t. Anyway, I can stop them as of now.

Has as anyone got any advice on how to stop it? I was thinking of going on to half dose for a week. Or has anyone just gone cold turkey on them?

Any advice would be wicked.

hi simon

it’s a relatively new drug and i doubt that even the neuros would know.

is there anything in the leaflet?

is there a phone line for support?

sorry i’m not that wicked

carole x

No, you are wicked.

After some thorough internet research, it appears that stopping cold turkey is the way forward.

Probably should have have done that first rather than immediately wasting people’s time on here.

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my understanding is that you simply stop.

the drug has a slow release mechanism and so never really floods your system.

in addition, it has a very brief residency period. i might be slightly imprecise, but i do recall that dimethyl fumerate is completely removed from one’s physiology within 16 hours of taking that last dose.

it is why side effects are not to be feared any more than the average hang over.

i am sorry that your use of tecfidera hasn’t panned out for you. it can provoke extreme allergic reactions that simply cannot be overcome in some. but after six months of trying, it is fair to say that you gave it more than a good crack!

and so onto the next option… tysabri perhaps?

the very best of luck to you!


I just stopped one day. I never noticed any effects of just stopping it without weaning myself of it first.

Sweet, cheers for all your help everyone

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