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Bafiertam

Generic name: monomethyl fumarate [MON-oh-METH-il-FUE-ma-rate]
Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

What is Bafiertam?

Bafiertam can be used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (including clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing remitting disease, and active secondary progressive diseases).Bafiertam can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Bafiertam

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.Bafiertam can cause a serious brain infection, which may lead to death or disability. If you experience problems with your speech, thinking, vision, or muscle movements, call your doctor immediately. These symptoms can start slowly and then get worse very quickly.

Call your doctor immediately if you:

  • Heat, burning, or itching under the skin.
  • Jaundice (yellowing skin or eyes) is a sign of liver disease.
  • Signs of infection include fever or chills; sweating; mouth sores; headaches; neck stiffness; and confusion.
  • Herpes symptoms include flu-like symptoms such as cold sores around the mouth, tingly or painful blisters, or burning pains in your lower back or thigh.

Bafiertam can cause the following side effects:

  • Flushing (sudden heat, redness, or tingly sensation);
  • Stomach pain, indigestion;
  • Nausea, vomiting,

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Similar/related drugs

Kesimpta, Betaseron, Copaxone, Aubagio, Tecfidera, Gilenya, and Tysabri

Warnings

Bafiertam should not be used if you are also using dimethyl fumarate or diroximel fumarate.

Before you take this drug

Bafiertam should not be used if you have an allergy to it or:

  • You are also using diroximel fumarate (also known as dimethyl fumarate).

Inform your doctor immediately of any of the following conditions:

  • Low white blood cell counts
  • An infection is an illness.
  • Liver disease.

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.Bafiertam should not be used by anyone under the age of 18.

How to take Bafiertam?

Bafiertam is only prescribed if you are healthy. Your doctor will conduct blood tests to ensure that you don't have any conditions that could prevent you from using it safely.Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow the directions. Sometimes, your doctor will change the dose. You must take the medication exactly as prescribed.Bafiertam can be taken with or without food.You will start by taking a "starter dosage" for seven days. Then you will continue to take the medication with a "maintenance dosage".Do not open, crush, chew on or otherwise alter the capsule in any way. You should not mix medicine in a capsule with food.It is possible that Bafiertam will cause flushing. This is a feeling of warmth or tingling in your skin. To prevent flushing, your doctor may suggest that you take aspirin for 30 minutes prior to taking Bafiertam. Aspirin should only be taken in the amount and type prescribed by your doctor.If you experience any signs of infection, such as fever or chills, flu-like symptoms, or sores on your skin, call your doctor. You may need to delay further doses until the infection has cleared up.Medical tests will be required frequently.Do not freeze a bottle of capsules that hasn't been opened.Store the bottle at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep capsules in their original bottles. You can throw away any capsules that are still unused three months after opening the bottle.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for your next dose, skip the missed one. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

If your doctor prescribes any restrictions regarding food, beverage, or activity, follow their instructions.

Interaction with other drug

Bafiertam may interact with other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you stop or start using.

 

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