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PAUL50726 posted:
Hi. Next week I will be getting my first Tysabri infusion. My question is, How badly does Tysabri suppress the immune system? I mean if I get a cold while on this med, how will my body react? Does anyone on Tysabri have any trouble fighting off diseases such as the common cold? Thank you for your time.
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hackwriter responded:
Hi, Paul,

I've been taking Ty for a year. Remember that everyone reacts differently to these drugs, so my experience is unique-- as is yours.

I've had no higher incidence of cold viruses on the drug. The only virus that awoke after infusion #1 was my HSV, but a daily dose of an acyclovir anti-viral is keeping that dormant now. Beyond that I actually feel an improvement in some symptoms.

Some people might get more frequent bladder infections if they are prone to them in the first place--sort of like my predisposition to getting herpes outbreaks. You just never know.

Only time will tell. You might have no trouble at all. Hope this helps.

Kim
 
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Neil S Lava, MD responded:
Although Tysabri can reduce immune system function, in reality patients do quite well on this medication. Having a common cold should not be a problem. Your physician will watch over you and help you if any issues arise. You should not be overly concerned about this.
 
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PAUL50726 replied to hackwriter's response:
Thank you for your response. I had my first infusion yesterday, and it went well.Yes, you're right. Everyone's reaction is different. I was reading reviews about Tysabri and overall it seems like people are pleased with it.
 
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PAUL50726 replied to Neil S Lava, MD's response:
Thank you. You put my mind at ease.
 
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newkarma10 responded:
I was on tysbri for 2 years and I did quite well on it. I was a nice change from stabbing myself one a week with Avonex. But my new neurologist was dead set against tysabri! So now I am waiting for insurance approval for copaxon.
 
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jeansbyz responded:
I've had 47 infusions-no colds, no flu. No side effects at all. It's awesome!
 
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PAUL50726 replied to jeansbyz's response:
Wow! That's great news. Thanks!


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