248 patient evaluations for Glatiramer acetate

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jun 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site bumps)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: I feel like I have more energy since starting the Copaxone injections. Since going on Medicare with a Part D supplement, my out- of-pocket has gone from $0 to an average of $500/month.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Dec 12, 2016 (Started Jun 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site bumps)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: I'm not sure yet how effective Copaxone is in reducing exacerbations, I've only taken it for 6 months.  But an unexpected positive is that I have noticed my energy level has improved - even early on in the summer (when I usually slow down a lot due to the heat), I felt an increased energy.  
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 16, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 25, 2013 (Started Sep 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: There are less injection site reactions when one very carefully rotates injection sites. I track locations every night in a journal provided by Shared Solutions. I do my injections every night just before going to bed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 18, 2017 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (itching, injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps, injection site itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: My initial injection from two days ago is still a welt and itchy (on my abdomen). Gave my new shot in the arm using the Autoject and preceded by a hot compress. That seems to have made a nice difference with itching and welt. Will have to see how things look the day after. The autoject was actually better than I thought. I used a depth of "4" and it seemed to really work.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

Aug 16, 2017 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itching, injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps, injection site itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: I have started the Copaxone 40mgs 3X a week injection and this will be a lifesaver for me. I also used some Benadryl cream after the injection and this helped with the site injection welt I typically get. Remarkable results using that cream. Wish I would have known earlier! I have to go on a DMD after my last relapse. Don't want any more issues.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

Aug 15, 2017 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (itching, injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps, injection site itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have discontinued Copaxone 40 mgs after a bad allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction whcih was more than the immediate post injection reaction). Face flushing, chest and back pain, throat closing, extreme chest and back pain and heart rate jumping around from 55 to 155 in a matter of a minute - feeling of doom, thought I was dying for sure but did everything to stay calm and took 50 mgs of Benadryl and Combivent. It was pretty horrible to be honest. I have started Aubagio and am on my second dose today. Some diarrhea and night sweats.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

Oct 5, 2014 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (itching, injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps, injection site itching)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This round of Copaxone has not been good for me. I have now developed large, itchy welts that are still present over 5 days later with no sign of going away. I am concerned about cellulitis and my risk for that. This drug is not worth the hassle for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

Oct 3, 2014 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (itching, injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have started Copaxone again and am now getting large, itchy welts (like a large mosquito bite that have lasted almost 48 hours). Feels more like an allergic reaction of some type????
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

May 17, 2011 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itching, injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am stopping it as a test since I am relatively stable at this point and the doctor wants to really evaluate my MS versus Fibromylagia.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

Sep 19, 2010 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The shot is going to sting a little bit. To cut down on the sting, make sure that the drop on the end of the needle is shaken away and make sure the alcohol on the site is dried.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

May 11, 2010 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itching, injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Very easy to take.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

Mar 4, 2009 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I would choose a Copaxone daily injection even over an oral therapy that acted with the side-effects of an Interferon. I don't mind the needle at all.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site itching, injection site reaction, redness, itching, lumps and bumps

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