How effective is interferon beta-1b (Betaseron, Extavia) in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) (RRMS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 372 patients with relapsing-remitting MS, interferon beta-1b (8 million IU every other day) decreased the frequency of relapses by 34% after 2 years. In treated patients, the MRI T2 lesion burden increased 3.6% over 5 years, compared with 30.2% in the placebo group. At 5 year follow-up, the incidence of disease progression was lower in the interferon beta-1b group compared with the placebo group (35% versus 45%). [88]


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