Betaferon (interferon beta 1b)

Betaferon or as known is North Amerca Betaseron is a disease modifying drug (DMD) for relapsing. It is a self injection that you inject under the skin every other day. Betaferon comes as an powder and solution. that you mix together just before doing the injection. Your MS Nurse will give you full training on how to mix it and inject it. in May 2018 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence stop recommending Betaferon as a prescription on the NHS for newly diagnosed patients although if you were already on it you can still get it on the NHS

Side Effects

Common side effects can include

  • flu-like symptoms
  • headache
  • injection site reactions
  • blood cell abnormalities
  • feeling weak or tired
  • difficulty sleeping
  • diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting
  • muscular or joint pain
  • infections

Less common side effect can include

  • changes in menstruation (periods)
  • neurological symptoms, mood changes, depression
  • liver abnormalities
  • allergic reactions
  • heart problems and hypertension
  • hair thinning or loss
  • damage to small blood vessels leading to kidney problems

A full list of side effects is included in the manufacturer’s Patient Information Leaflet

What Betaferon Patients Say