I received a call last Friday (finally called them back today) that I was approved to start a new medication that my doctor prescribed. My insurance is CVS Caremark through Medicare Part D and I have no co-pay. I'm thinking because I have met my deductible for the year thanks to the cost of Copaxone. Anyway, I have a delivery date of April 25th scheduled as I am leaving for vacation 2 weeks from today, and don't want to start a new rx while I'm away on vacation.
I also talked to a pharmacist with Caremark as my Neuro did not explain all the info or side effects before prescribing it to me. The pharmacist suggested eating fatty foods or drinking milk 30 mins. before taking the medication to help with diarrhea. For flushing she suggested Benadryl or low dose aspirin (180mg) 30 mins before taking dose for the flushing. Since I use a prescription box to keep my weekly meds organized, she said that Biogen has dark brown weekly rx organizers (free) because Tecfidera is light sensitive...or I can keep my bottle(s) with my rx organizer. Going to look online to see what I can find.
The lady reminded me a couple of times to keep an eye on liver enzymes...yellowing of eyes, skin, extreme fatigue, no appetite, pain in right upper part of stomach and to call doctor if I had any of this.
Will keep everyone updated as the date gets closer.