What is Glatiramer acetate?

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Glatiramer acetate combines four amino acids including L-alanine, L-glutamic acid, L-lysine and L-tyrosine. It is used for Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) to reduce the frequency and severity of relapses. It is administered as a subcutaneous injection.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 5548 2979
General health 69 48
Stiffness/spasticity 46 20
Fatigue 26 17
Pain 10 2

Show all 47 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 290
Moderate 494
Mild 1373
None 862

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glatiramer acetate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Injection site pain 333
Injection site itching 281
Lumps and bumps 262
Bruising 152
Itching 93
Injection site swelling 80

Show all 289 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 49
40 mg 3 times a week 23
40 mg m,w,f 14
20 mg every other day 3
20 mg 3 times a week 2
20 mg m,w,f 2
40 mg every other day 2
1 mL daily 1
40 mg monthly 1
20 mg weekly 1

See all 17 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 984
Side effects too severe 777
Doctor's advice 753
Other 534
Expense 156
Personal research 137
Change in health plan coverage 82
Course of treatment ended 42
See all 2424 patients who've stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration

Currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 49

Stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 196
1 - 6 months 416
6 months - 1 year 415
1 - 2 years 423
2 - 5 years 588
5 - 10 years 303
10 years or more 102
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2205
Usually 585
Sometimes 101
Never taken as prescribed 128
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 261
Somewhat hard to take 675
A little hard to take 1013
Not at all hard to take 1070
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 247
$100-199 102
$50-99 196
$25-49 489
< $25 1157
Not specified 828

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Glatiramer acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 66
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 53
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 42
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 29
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 15

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 97
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 61
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 48
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 47
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 34

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching to

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249 patient evaluations for Glatiramer acetate

Jan 23, 2020 (Started Nov 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The nightly routine is simple and comforting. Now that I seem to be transitioning to SPMS, am in discussions with my doctor about stopping this med (may no longer be having any impact) and switching to Ocrevus or one of the other two new therapies.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 10, 2015 (Started Nov 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Self-injecting is MUCH easier than you think it will be ahead of time. Because I am extremely lean, I find it's more comfortable to insert the needle at a shallow angle. Definitely rotate injection sites daily.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 27, 2014 (Started Nov 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 10, 2012 (Started Nov 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Self-injecting is MUCH easier than you think it will be ahead of time. Because I am extremely lean, I find it's more comfortable to insert the needle at a shallow angle. Definitely rotate injection sites daily.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 30, 2019 (Started May 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site pain, injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 5, 2017 (Started May 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site pain, injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 12, 2016 (Started May 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site pain, injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2015 (Started May 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 22, 2015 (Started May 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site pain, injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 16, 2013 (Started May 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Shallow injection, not deep. Deep gives thickening of skin. Ice on injection area too cool down in case of irritation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 12, 2012 (Started May 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: no side effects at all, easy to use, easy to store, very effective for me compared to Avonex.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

May 26, 2018 (Started Jun 18, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (hair loss, hirsutism (excessive hair growth), shivering)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: hirsutism (excessive hair growth), hair loss

  • 0 helpful marks
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