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Tecfidera

Indications
Dosage
How Supplied

INDICATIONS

TECFIDERA is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Dosing Information

The starting dose for TECFIDERA is 120 mg twice a day orally. After 7 days, the dose should be increased to the maintenance dose of 240 mg twice a day orally. TECFIDERA should be swallowed whole and intact. TECFIDERA should not be crushed or chewed and the capsule contents should not be sprinkled on food. TECFIDERA can be taken with or without food. Administration with food may reduce the incidence of flushing [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Blood Test Prior to Initiation of Therapy

A recent complete blood cell count (CBC) (i.e., within 6 months) is recommended before initiation of therapy to identify patients with pre-existing low lymphocyte counts.

HOW SUPPLIED

Dosage Forms And Strengths

TECFIDERA is available as hard gelatin delayed-release capsules containing 120 mg or 240 mg of dimethyl fumarate. The 120 mg capsules have a green cap and white body, printed with “BG-12 120 mg” in black ink on the body. The 240 mg capsules have a green cap and a green body, printed with “BG-12 240 mg” in black ink on the body.

Storage And Handling

TECFIDERA is available as hard gelatin delayed-release capsules in two strengths containing either 120 mg or 240 mg of dimethyl fumarate. The green and white 120 mg capsules are printed with “BG-12 120 mg” in black ink. The green 240 mg capsules are printed with “BG-12 240 mg” in black ink. TECFIDERA is available as follows:

30-day Starter Pack, (NDC 64406-007-03)

7-day bottle 120 mg capsules, quantity 14
23-day bottle 240 mg capsules, quantity 46

120 mg capsules

7-day bottle of 14 capsules (NDC 64406-005-01)

240 mg capsules

30-day bottle of 60 capsules (NDC 64406-006-02)

Store at 15°C to 30°C (59 to 86°F). Protect the capsules from light. Store in original container. Once opened, discard bottles of TECFIDERA after 90 days.

Manufactured by: Biogen Idec Inc., Cambridge, MA 02142. Revised: 03/2013

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/8/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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