TECFIDERA® (dimethyl fumarate) is an oral therapy approved in the United States for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, including relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), which is the most common form of the disease. TECFIDERA has been proven to significantly reduce important measures of disease activity, including relapses and development of brain lesions, as well as to slow disability progression over time, while demonstrating a favorable safety and tolerability profile.
The most common adverse reactions for TECFIDERA were flushing, mostly mild to moderate in nature, and GI events (i.e., diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain). These events are most common at the start of therapy and usually decrease over time.
TECFIDERA may decrease lymphocyte counts. Before starting treatment with TECFIDERA, a recent CBC (i.e., within six months) should be available. A CBC is recommended annually and as clinically indicated.
TECFIDERA is also approved in Canada, Australia and the European Union.