The recommended Betaseron dosage for the treatment of multiple sclerosis is 0.25 mg injected every other day. It is generally recommended that you start at a low dose and gradually work up to the full dosage. Your healthcare provider may also suggest that you take a non-prescription pain reliever before, after, or with your Betaseron dose to help prevent flu-like symptoms.
The dose of Betaseron® (interferon beta-1b) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Betaseron
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As always, do not adjust your Betaseron dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended Betaseron dose for treating multiple sclerosis (MS) is 0.25 mg injected every other day. This is the same as 1 mL of Betaseron, if you have mixed it correctly. It is recommended that you start at a low dose and slowly work up to the full dose, as follows:
- Weeks one and two -- Betaseron 0.0625 mg (0.25 mL once mixed)
- Weeks three and four -- Betaseron 0.125 mg (0.5 mL once mixed)
- Weeks five and six -- Betaseron 0.1875 mg (0.75 mL once mixed)
- Week seven and beyond -- Betaseron 0.25 mg (1 mL once mixed).
Your healthcare provider may recommend taking a non-prescription pain reliever, such as Tylenol® (acetaminophen) before, at the same time, or after each Betaseron injection. This can help prevent some of the flu-like symptoms (such as a fever, chills, and muscle aches) common with Betaseron.