Adherence is important
Your healthcare provider has likely spent time with you discussing the benefits and risks of taking AUBAGIO to treat your relapsing MS. He or she may have discussed how AUBAGIO was proven effective in treating relapsing MS. This was the result of extensive clinical study in patients who took AUBAGIO once daily.
And while each person’s experience with a medication is different, the one thing you can count on is that if you don’t take a treatment, it won’t work. This is why adherence is important. It’s the link between treatment and outcomes.1
Let’s review some factors that can affect adherence.
Working together for your health
Doctor knows best. Have you ever heard this phrase? While some people might want clear directives from their doctor, most people prefer a collaborative approach.2 Your collaboration shouldn’t stop at choosing which treatment to take; it should also include working together with your care team to create a plan that supports you for taking it as prescribed. When you are starting a new treatment such as AUBAGIO, it’s a good time to have an open and candid dialogue with your healthcare team. Here are things you’ll want to consider.
Do you understand why you are taking medication?
Adherence is more than taking medication as prescribed, it’s also about a personal acceptance of the treatment plan. If you aren’t entirely sure why your doctor has prescribed you medication, or you forget over time, ask your doctor to review the plan. Be sure to ask questions if you don’t understand. It can also help to reflect back to your doctor (in your own words) why you think you are taking the medication. Putting it into your own words may help reinforce your personal understanding of why it’s important to take the treatment as prescribed.
Do you understand how to take it?
A doctor’s visit can be overwhelming. It’s easy to forget what was discussed. If you have any questions about how to take medication, you can call your doctor’s office, your pharmacist, or in the case of AUBAGIO, your dedicated MS One to One Nurse at 1‑855‑676‑6326. AUBAGIO should be taken once daily as prescribed, and it can be taken with or without food.
You can also review information if you miss a dose.
Do you need support for remembering to take your medication?
AUBAGIO can be taken once a day at any time, day or night. It’s best to get on a consistent schedule so that you take it around the same time each day. If you want support in establishing a routine, talk to your healthcare provider and your loved ones. AUBAGIO Ambassadors also have some tips and tricks that they share.
How ambassadors stay on top of routines.
Are you concerned about side effects?
When you start a new medication, your doctor will discuss possible benefits and risks, including side effects. When it comes to taking AUBAGIO, there are possible common and serious side effects you should know about. If you have concerns about possible side effects, discuss them with your doctor.
It’s important to be candid. For example, are you concerned about possible hair thinning or loss with AUBAGIO? Maybe you worry secretly that you will lose your hair. If you don’t discuss your concerns with your doctor, that fear can linger, and you may be wary of taking AUBAGIO as prescribed.1
Talking to your doctor can help you be more informed about what you might expect. For example, in the case of hair thinning or loss with AUBAGIO, it’s usually temporary; and it’s typically extra shedding of hair similar to what women experience after childbirth.3,4 Having a candid conversation with your doctor can help you feel more informed, which can support good medication adherence.1
Are you concerned about cost?
It’s not uncommon for a patient to avoid talking about financial concerns with their doctor; but being able to afford medication is a critical factor in good adherence. You should feel comfortable discussing financial concerns with your healthcare team. If you experience any changes in insurance or have other financial concerns with affording AUBAGIO, you can also call your dedicated nurse at MS One to One at 1‑855‑676‑6326.
Are you skipping doses here or there?
It can be hard to adjust to a new medication routine, and there can be many reasons why you may miss a dose. If you find that you are missing doses routinely, tell your doctor. You shouldn’t feel judged or shamed. Your doctor is there to help you problem-solve challenges and support you in taking medication as prescribed.
It takes a village
There are many personal reasons why adherence can be complex. It’s easy to say “just do it” when it comes to taking medication for a chronic illness, but that approach isn’t particularly helpful. What is helpful is understanding some of the factors that can influence adherence and recognizing that you can enlist support from your healthcare team, MS One to One, and your loved ones to help you stay motivated to take medication as prescribed.
Getting your questions answered, finding support when you need it, and developing a medication adherence plan with your extended care team can help you feel more supported and empowered in your own care.