Tecfidera is a medication prescribed to treat multiple sclerosis. The recommended Tecfidera dosage is standard for everyone. The initial amount is 120 mg taken twice daily. After seven days, this amount is increased to a long-term "maintenance" dose of 240 mg twice daily. Tecfidera comes as a capsule that can be taken with or without food.
There is only one standard recommended dose of Tecfidera™ (dimethyl fumarate), regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The initial Tecfidera dosage for treating multiple sclerosis is 120 mg twice a day. After seven days, this amount is usually increased to a long-term "maintenance" dose of 240 mg twice a day.
When you first start Tecfidera, you may be given both the 120-mg and 240-mg capsules. This is because you will be started on a lower dose, which can be increased to a higher dose after a week. Both are taken twice a day. Make sure you take the correct strength at the correct time.
Within six months before starting treatment, your healthcare provider will need to do blood tests to check your blood cell count. This is to make sure it is safe for you to take Tecfidera. Your healthcare provider will also likely monitor your blood cell counts at least once a year during treatment.
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Tecfidera include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a capsule. It is usually taken by mouth twice a day.
- You can take Tecfidera with or without food. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach. Taking it with food may also reduce flushing (warmth, redness, itching, or burning sensations) that can occur during use.
- Try to take your doses at about the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush, chew, or open them. Do not sprinkle the capsule contents on food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Tecfidera dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.