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Old 09-23-2007, 09:13 PM   #1
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Lightbulb pregnancy and ms/rebif new program

Hey there. Just wanted some of your ideas/opinions on this topic. I'm close to starting Rebif. I took Copaxone for a year and a half but there were no indications that it was working for me so my MD took me off it and we decided on Rebif (good choice) .
I'm only 30 and it is quite possible that I may one day want to have another child (I have a 9 year old).
I've already researched that pts with ms do really well during the pregnancy but postpartum they can have an increase in difficulty. I also am aware that I cannot take Rebif and be pregnant under any circumstance.
If I choose to have a baby, I, of course, will discontinue taking the drug for some time before I become pregnant.
I guess my BIG question is: What happens if I get pregnant while I am taking Rebif? It would most certainly NOT be on purpose. I am currently on an oral contraceptive and my husband and I are not readily planning to have any children at this time. However, it's not uncommon to get pregnant on birth control. 99% accuracy if taken exactly the same time each subsequent day and never miss a pill. But there is always the 1%.

I think I'm rambling. Any thoughts out there??

Oh by the way, Rebif has come out with this new program in case anyone is interested in taking it but has dismissed it because of the copay or no prescription coverage. It's really awesome. If you want more info, let me know.

 
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:22 PM   #2
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Re: pregnancy and ms/rebif new program

With any family planning, you need to consult your doctor about timing your meds and what is or is not safe. I think it is important to consult medical doctors for these matters.

 
Old 09-24-2007, 02:26 PM   #3
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Re: pregnancy and ms/rebif new program

Hi Helricha. Congrats on choosing Rebif. I am on Rebif, have been for a full year now, and have to say, I really like the drug...Ive also had several pregnancy questions while on the drug...
Youre probably not going to appreciate this, and it is in NO WAY my opinion or feelings, but I have been told by my Neuro that if I were to get pregnant on Rebif I would have to consider abortion...apparently the birth defects are VERY HIGH getting pregnant on Rebif, and consequentially they are beyond any reasonable "defect" which one would consider carrying thru with...

Because of this, I have always used extra birth control..I have been on the pill for 20 years but have added spermicides and other birth control during my more "fertile" times.....I dont even want to think about the "other" option...to me, its not one. Now, with that said, I turned 40 this year, and have never gotten pregnant. I decided to give the REbif a full year, to see how I was doing on it before making a decision as to my future and babies....I did VERY well on the Rebif, no new lesions, and I have over 50 to begin with..Im still working full time and other than massive exhuastion and the usual soarness and eye problems, Im doing very well....however, at this age, I dont have it in me to raise kids..my husband and I have decided that sterility is the right choice for us...Because my husband already has 3 children from his first marriage, and one of them I have legally adopted, I do not feel that Im really missing anything, however, that is a really hard and personal choice...
Since you DO feel that you might want children in the future, I will end this positively and say that I know of several girls who have gone off Rebif in order to get pregnant...they were told to be off of it about 6 months before trying...each of them gave birth to healthy children.
I wish you welll..
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Re: pregnancy and ms/rebif new program

i was interested in what you ment about this program?
-Oh by the way, Rebif has come out with this new program in case anyone is interested in taking it but has dismissed it because of the copay or no prescription coverage. It's really awesome. If you want more info, let me know-

 
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