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    To my knowledge no one within SCI is getting Fampridine-SR.The clinical SCI trials for Fampridine-SR came to an unexpected end in 2004.I would think there is a difference between the 4-AP that you purchase at a compounding pharmacy and Fampridine-SR, which is owned by Acorda. Dr. Young can correct me if I’m wrong, but it is my understanding that Acorda holds the patent for Fampridine-SR and this formulation is not disseminated in the public domain. Therefore, the only ones who know how Fampridine-SR is formulated would be Acorda and the FDA. I don’t believe the 4-AP at the independent pharmacies is regulated or has to abide by any quality control standards. In other words, you may not be getting the real McCoy.

    Also, Fampridine-SR is a sustained release caplet and not a quick release formula.

    Coffee wrote “It wasn’t worth it to me, and it reduced my spasms which are bad because I need them for my left leg.” I believe he is referring to tone, and not spasms, which he needed to use to help him walk.

    When I was in the Elan 4-AP clinical trials in 1995, there was one individual with a complete spinal cord injury and he said that the medication reduced the spasms in his legs by eighty or ninety percent.
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    Yes I was referring to tone and it reduces tone is what I meant!


    I was on a sustained released caplet although I still felt the effects wear off in about an hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee View Post
    NW,

    I printed out information on 4-ap and gave it to my family doctor and she wrote a prescription for it. My docotor was very nice and knew very little about SCI so she said I know more than she does so why not and gave me it.

    I had to get the stuff made at a compound pharm though, it was like 90 a month. Another doc I talked to saw I was on the stuff and was shocked.

    I was on 10mg 3x a day.

    Side effects were: decreased spasms, face tingling/vibration (wasn't really doing it, just felt like it.), increased bowel movements (had to get use to those), that was about it, oh also pain increase but didn't notice any difference with temperature.
    Thank you for sharing your experience Mr. Coffee.

    I managed to get a prescription and took my first 5mg 4-AP today,
    fingers crossed.

    The most useful documentation to have for my doctor was
    the dosing regime.

    Found here http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showpost.php?p=100411

    and here http://sci.rutgers.edu/index.php?page=viewarticle&afile=5_September_2005@ 4aminopyridine.htm

    and third post down in this thread
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...ow%2C+Part+One

    Of course they ignored it..
    and I have

    5mg 3 times a day for 4 days
    5mg 4 times a day for 5 days
    10mg 3 times a day for 7 days
    10mg 4 times a day there after

    186 5mg capsules = $ 115

    This is not sustained release.
    I was figuring sustained release would be better, I don't mind taking it
    4 times a day, even 4 times a day sustained release. For some
    reason the pharmacist talked the doctor into changing the prescription
    to non sustained release, even though they have the capability to
    compound sustained release. !!!!

    Some people have gone up to 60 milligrams per day, while others have success with 20. Again, 4-AP must be taken under medical supervision. Please don't keep pushing the dose higher if you get any significant side effect of the drug.
    Anyone reading this taking more than 40mg of 4-AP??

  4. #84
    I don't know if you guys remember; I posted a note that Purdue University has come out with a super 4-p. They say it is 10x stronger than Acorda's pill; they think it has use in that it will be easier to control the side effects of 4-p.

    Just a note.

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    Dr. Young; would it be possible to highlight events or progression of your upcoming trials. I know I would and others probably would be intersted in following the events and outcomes of the trials. If this is a problem; then forget it.
    I would suggest if this is possible. then a seperate thread be established focusing on this subject.

    Thanks in advance

    T.J.

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    Cool

    you must all remember 4-ap is only effective 30-35% in sci, so of course their is a 65-70% failure rate, that's why I am trying to wait till it is fda approved so medicare will cover the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znop View Post
    you must all remember 4-ap is only effective 30-35% in sci, so of course their is a 65-70% failure rate, that's why I am trying to wait till it is fda approved so medicare will cover the cost.
    Where is it written that it has a 65% or 70% failure rate? It does work best with incomplete injuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NW-Will View Post

    Of course they ignored it..
    and I have

    5mg 3 times a day for 4 days
    5mg 4 times a day for 5 days
    10mg 3 times a day for 7 days
    10mg 4 times a day there after

    186 5mg capsules = $ 115

    This is not sustained release.
    I was figuring sustained release would be better, I don't mind taking it
    4 times a day, even 4 times a day sustained release. For some
    reason the pharmacist talked the doctor into changing the prescription
    to non sustained release, even though they have the capability to
    compound sustained release. !!!!



    Anyone reading this taking more than 40mg of 4-AP??
    It will be cheaper when you get to 10mg capsules as they charge for each capsule more than the strength. There is very little difference in compounded "sustained release" and regular old 4-AP. Unlike Fampridine that is formulated to maintain the same blood levels of the drug over 12 hours the compounders normally just add cellulose to slow or cut the amount of the drug released from as soon as the gel capsule dissolves to maybe an added half hour to hour to your blood stream.
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    Cool pn

    if you do your hopmework 4-ap has been proven by Acorda that onlyb30-35 % of incomplete sci benefit from 4-ap

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    Quote Originally Posted by znop View Post
    if you do your hopmework 4-ap has been proven by Acorda that onlyb30-35 % of incomplete sci benefit from 4-ap
    I contacted Acorda and they have not stated, written, or published that Fampridine-SR is 30% or 35% effective for SCIs with an incomplete injury. It is possible that you are confused with the percentages as it relates to the Gait Study in the MS clinical trials. I am not paying attention to the results of the MS trial since the SCI trials were scrubbed back in 2004. I hope this helps.

    Good luck.
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