If you have certain types of multiple sclerosis (MS), your doctor might suggest Aubagio (teriflunomide) as a treatment option for you.
Aubagio is a prescription medication used to treat the following conditions in adults:
- relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS)
- active secondary-progressive MS (SPMS)
- clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), which can be an early sign of MS
Aubagio is part of a group of drugs called pyrimidine synthesis inhibitors. This type of drug stops your body from making certain proteins that can harm your brain and spinal cord.
This article describes the dosages of Aubagio, as well as its strengths and how to take the drug. To learn more about Aubagio, see this in-depth article.
Note: This chart highlights the basics of Aubagio’s dosages, which are provided by the drug’s manufacturer. You should always follow the dosage that your doctor prescribes. Read on for more detail.
|Aubagio form||Aubagio strengths||Typical dosages|
|tablet||• 7 milligrams (mg)|
• 14 mg
|• 7 mg once daily|
• 14 mg once daily
You can find information about Aubagio’s usual dosage below.
What is Aubagio’s form?
Aubagio comes as a tablet that you swallow whole.
What strengths does Aubagio come in?
Aubagio comes in the following strengths:
- 7 mg
- 14 mg
What are the typical dosages of Aubagio?
The information below describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. But be sure to follow your doctor’s dosing instructions. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
Aubagio’s typical dosage is either 7 mg once daily or 14 mg once daily.
Recommended dosages are the same for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), active secondary progressive MS (SPMS), and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).
Is Aubagio taken long term?
Yes, Aubagio is typically used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Aubagio is safe and effective for you, it’s likely that you’ll take it long term.
Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about Aubagio’s dosing.
When would my doctor prescribe the Aubagio 7-mg tablets vs. the 14-mg tablets?
Your doctor will consider several factors when prescribing your dose of Aubagio. These include the risk of your condition worsening and your risk of certain side effects from the drug. (See this article for information about Aubagio’s side effects.)
If you’re taking Aubagio 7-milligram (mg) and this dose isn’t working well enough to manage your symptoms, your doctor might increase your dose to 14 mg. It’s important not to change your dosage without your doctor’s recommendation, though.
You can find more information on the manufacturer’s website. You can also talk with your doctor about your dosage.
What is a loading dose? Does Aubagio require this type of dose?
A loading dose refers to a high starting dose of a drug, which is then lowered for the next doses. A loading dose can help medication start to work in your body more quickly. Aubagio does not require a loading dose. Be sure to follow your doctor’s dosing instructions.
The dosage of Aubagio you’re prescribed may depend on several factors. These include:
- the type and severity of the condition you’re using Aubagio to treat
- the way your body responds to Aubagio, such as any side effects you have
- other medications you’re taking
Aubagio comes as a tablet that you swallow once daily. You can take it with or without food, at any time of day. But try to take your dose at the same time each day.
If you have trouble swallowing tablets, see this article for tips on how to take this form of medication.
For information on Aubagio expiration, storage, and disposal, see this article.
If you miss a dose of Aubagio, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose as usual. Do not take more than one dose at a time.
If you need help remembering to take your dose of Aubagio on time, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or using a timer. You could also download a reminder app on your phone.
Do not take more Aubagio than your doctor prescribes. Taking more than this can lead to serious side effects.
What to do in case you take too much Aubagio
Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Aubagio. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use their online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you take too much Aubagio, you’ll likely be given a treatment that will help your body quickly get rid of the drug.
The sections above describe the typical dosages provided by the drug manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Aubagio for you, they will prescribe the dosage that’s right for you.
Remember, you should not change your dosage of Aubagio without your doctor’s recommendation. Only take Aubagio exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage.
Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor:
- Should my Aubagio dosage be changed if I start losing my hair?
- Could a higher dosage make Aubagio more effective for my symptoms?
- Does my Aubagio dosage need to change if I start a new medication?
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Is the lower dosage of Aubagio less likely to interact with my other medications?Anonymous
Not necessarily. Aubagio can interact with many different medications, regardless of which dose you’re taking.
Drug interactions can affect how Aubagio works and how your body responds. For example, some interactions can increase the level of Aubagio in your body and cause side effects. Other drug interactions can decrease the amount of Aubagio in your body. This can affect how well the drug works.
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re concerned about drug interactions. Your doctor can monitor the levels of drugs in your body and adjust your treatment plan if needed. You can also see this article for details about interactions with Aubagio.Tanya Kertsman, PharmDAnswers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.
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