249 patient evaluations for Glatiramer acetate

Aug 18, 2008 (Started Dec 08, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Doing the injections manually (rather than using the autoject) results in less site reactions. Read the included information, and make sure you are aware of the symptoms of the "reaction" that some experience immediately after injecting. It can be really scary when it happens if you don't know what it is. It happened to me once, after being on Copaxone for over 1.5 years.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps

  • 17 helpful marks

Feb 10, 2005 (Started Sep 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ice down your injection site to help with the redness. I also found that self injecting prevented the welts I would get from the autoinjector.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps

  • 3 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2005 (Started Jun 02, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: Take the medication out of the refrigerator a couple of hours before you inject it. Ice the injection site approximately 5 minutes before you inject (place an ice cube in a washcloth and hold it against the skin). Also, take a couple of ibuprofen approximately 20 minutes before you inject as this will help with the pain from the injection. In addition, if using an auto injector, don't press the injector to hard against the skin as this will cause a welt to develop because the medication has nowhere to go. Lastly, use the palm of your hand to massage the area after you inject so as to help disperse the medication.
Side effects: injection site reaction, redness, lumps and bumps

  • 2 helpful marks
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