What is Glatiramer acetate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Copaxone Glatopa

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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 5,457 2,878
General health 69 47
Stiffness/Spasticity 47 18
Fatigue 27 17
Pain 10 2
Bladder problems 8 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 281
Moderate 481
Mild 1,333
None 823

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glatiramer acetate

Side effect Patients
Injection site reaction 388
Injection site pain 318
Injection site itching 274
Lumps and bumps 265
Redness 221
Bruising 153

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 185
40 mg m,w,f 78
40 mg 3 times a week 63
40 mg every other day 17
20 mg every other day 16
20 mg 3 times a week 4
40 mg daily 4
40 mg three times daily 4
daily 4
40 mg weekly 3

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Why patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 954
Side effects too severe 751
Doctor's advice 721
Other 523
Expense 156
Personal research 133
Change in health plan coverage 79
Course of treatment ended 42
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Duration

Currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 73
5 - 10 years 134
10 years or more 111

Stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 170
1 - 6 months 413
6 months - 1 year 418
1 - 2 years 415
2 - 5 years 577
5 - 10 years 294
10 years or more 83
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2130
Usually 571
Sometimes 97
Never taken as prescribed 120
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 255
Somewhat hard to take 648
A little hard to take 985
Not at all hard to take 1030
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 237
$100-199 100
$50-99 200
$25-49 482
< $25 1115
Not specified 784

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Glatiramer acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 56
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 46
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 33
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 24
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 14

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 88
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 56
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 36
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 35
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 28

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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251 patient evaluations for Glatiramer acetate

Aug 16, 2017 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Injection site itching, Lumps and bumps, Redness, Injection site reaction, 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

Oct 5, 2014 (Started Aug 08, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Injection site itching, Lumps and bumps, Redness, Injection site reaction, 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 (Lumps and bumps, Redness, Injection site reaction, Itching)
  • 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 (Lumps and bumps, Redness, Injection site reaction, Itching)
  • 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 (Lumps and bumps, Redness, Injection site reaction, Itching)
  • 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 (Lumps and bumps, Redness, Injection site reaction)
  • 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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May 23, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Cost: $200+ monthly

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May 14, 2017 (Started May 14, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Itching)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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