Rebif

Rebif Dosage/Direction for Use

interferon beta-1a

Manufacturer:

Merck

Distributor:

Apex Pharma Marketing
Full Prescribing Info
Dosage/Direction for Use
Treatment should be initiated under supervision of a physician experienced in the treatment of the disease.
Rebif 22 mcg: The recommended posology of Rebif is 44 micrograms given three times per week by subcutaneous injection. A lower dose of 22 micrograms, also given three times per week by subcutaneous injection, is recommended for patients who cannot tolerate the higher dose in view of the treating specialist.
When first starting treatment with Rebif, the dose should be gradually escalated in order to allow tachyphylaxis to develop thus reducing adverse reactions.
Rebif 44 mcg: When first starting treatment with Rebif, in order to allow tachyphylaxis to develop thus reducing adverse reactions it is recommended that patients be started at 8.8 micrograms dose subcutaneously and the dose be increased over a 4 week period to the targeted dose, according to the following schedule: See Table 2.

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First demyelinating event: The posology for patients who have experienced a first demyelinating event is 44 micrograms of Rebif given three times per week by subcutaneous injection.
Relapsing multiple sclerosis: The recommended posology of Rebif is 44 micrograms given three times per week by subcutaneous injection. A lower dose of 22 micrograms, also given three times per week by subcutaneous injection, is recommended for patients who cannot tolerate the higher dose in view of the treating specialist.
Administration: Rebif solution for injection in cartridge is intended for multidose use and should only be used with the RebiSmart autoinjector device following adequate training of the patient and/or carer.
For administration, the instructions provided in the package leaflet and in the instruction manual provided with the RebiSmart autoinjector device should be followed.
Prior to injection and for an additional 24 hours after each injection, an antipyretic analgesic is advised to decrease flu-like symptoms associated with Rebif administration.
At the present time, it is not known for how long patients should be treated. Safety and efficacy with Rebif have not been demonstrated beyond 4 years of treatment. It is recommended that patients should be evaluated at least every second year in the 4-year period after initiation of treatment with Rebif and a decision for longer term treatment should then be made on an individual basis by the treating physician.
Paediatric use: No formal clinical trials or pharmacokinetic studies have been conducted in children or adolescents. However, limited published data suggest that the safety profile in adolescents from 12 to 16 years of age receiving Rebif 22 micrograms subcutaneously three times per week is similar to that seen in adults. There is very limited information on the use of Rebif in children under 12 years of age and therefore Rebif should not be used in this population.
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