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Old 12-16-2011, 10:11 AM
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Does Gilenya need a washout period ?

Hi all -

Started looking into Gilenya about two months ago. Finally after a bunch of paperwork, appeals, etc. they have determined that I can apply for Financial Assistance as my insurance only pays $ 2,000/yr. for prescrips.

So, my question is if there is a washout period where you have to stop the med you are currently taking (Copaxone) for a period of time before you can start Gilenya ?

Want to be thinking about this if I get approved.

Thank you !
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:53 PM
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I was told three month washout period for Tysabri. Not sure of duration for copax.

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Hi all -

Started looking into Gilenya about two months ago. Finally after a bunch of paperwork, appeals, etc. they have determined that I can apply for Financial Assistance as my insurance only pays $ 2,000/yr. for prescrips.

So, my question is if there is a washout period where you have to stop the med you are currently taking (Copaxone) for a period of time before you can start Gilenya ?

Want to be thinking about this if I get approved.

Thank you !
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:58 AM
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Thank you - hoping someone else will respond on this.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:50 AM
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Ahhh - The washout.

I was told 3 different things.
  1. By the drug company: 4 month washout
  2. By my Neuro: Her practice was 3 month washout
  3. By my MS NP because I was in an active period: We better go ahead and get you started sooner rather than later. 6 week washout. (following a severe allergic reaction to Tysabri)
Sooooo - I guess it depends on who you ask, huh?
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:43 AM
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I didn't have a washout period with Rebif. took my last Rebif on a Friday and started Gilenya on the following Tuesday. Check with your neurologist again. Hope this is helpful and good luck. Liz
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:01 AM
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For Tysabri i had to wait 3 months so i was put on Copaxone during that time which did nothing for me i relapsd but i went from 1 day on Copaxone to the next day on Gilenya. My neuro said only Ty requires a washout period.

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