Betaferon is a medicine used to treat adults who have multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a disease in which inflammation damages the protective insulation around nerves (demyelination) as well as the nerves themselves. Betaferon is used in patients:
- who have experienced the signs of MS for the first time, and these are severe enough to need treatment with injected corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medicines). Betaferon is used when the patient is considered to be at high risk of developing MS. Before using Betaferon, doctors need to exclude other causes for the symptoms;
- who have MS of the type known as ‘relapsing-remitting’, when the patient has attacks (relapses) between periods with no symptoms (remissions), in patients with at least two relapses within the last two years;
- who have secondary progressive MS (the type of MS that comes after relapsing-remitting MS), when their disease is active.
Betaferon contains the active substance interferon beta-1b.
Betaferon : EPAR - Medicine overview (PDF/144.11 KB)
First published: 23/08/2007
Last updated: 19/12/2019
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19/09/2019 Betaferon - EMEA/H/C/000081 - II/0124/G
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Betaferon is indicated for the treatment of
- patients with a single demyelinating event with an active inflammatory process, if it is severe enough to warrant treatment with intravenous corticosteroids, if alternative diagnoses have been excluded, and if they are determined to be at high risk of developing clinically definite multiple sclerosis;
- patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and two or more relapses within the last two years;
- patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis with active disease, evidenced by relapses.