Cladribine (Mavenclad)

Cladribine (Mavenclad) is a disease modifying drug for very active relapsing remitting MS. It is given as a tablet which you take at home and you take them in two course the first course is taken for up to five consecutive days of the first week of the first month and then again for up to five consecutive days in the first week of the second month.The second course of tablets are taken a 12 months later again you will take the pills for up to five consecutive days on the first week of the first month and again for up to five consecutive days on the first week off the second month. the amount of tablets you take is determined by your weight.

Side Effects

Common side effect can include

  • decrease in white blood cells (lymphopenia)
  •  herpes virus infection (shingles or cold sores)
  •  rash
  •  hair loss

Less common side effects can include

  • Pain or redness at place of injection
  • shortness of breath
  • stomach pain
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • unusually fast heartbeat

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

What Cladribine (Mavenclad) Patients Say

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I have been on the drug for 18 days
The worst side effect has to be joint and muscle pain I have just started cladribine and it has made me feel more tired and my legs hurt but they said it will take some time to kick in as it shuts down the white blood cells and re boots them the first couple of days when I was taking the tablet I kept having headaches but hopefully the tablet is doing its job