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 5,439 2,859
General health 69 47
Stiffness/Spasticity 47 18
Fatigue 27 17
Pain 10 2
Bladder problems 8 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 280
Moderate 477
Mild 1,325
None 818

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glatiramer acetate

Side effect Patients
Injection site reaction 390
Injection site pain 318
Injection site itching 275
Lumps and bumps 266
Redness 222
Bruising 154

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 208
40 mg m,w,f 77
40 mg 3 times a week 68
40 mg every other day 24
20 mg every other day 13
daily 6
20 mg m,w,f 5
40 mg daily 5
40 mg three times daily 5
20 mg 3 times a week 4

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Why patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 948
Side effects too severe 749
Doctor's advice 717
Other 520
Expense 156
Personal research 134
Change in health plan coverage 77
Course of treatment ended 42
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Duration

Currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 60
2 - 5 years 82
5 - 10 years 143
10 years or more 121

Stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 170
1 - 6 months 413
6 months - 1 year 417
1 - 2 years 414
2 - 5 years 570
5 - 10 years 291
10 years or more 83
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2117
Usually 569
Sometimes 97
Never taken as prescribed 117
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 254
Somewhat hard to take 641
A little hard to take 981
Not at all hard to take 1024
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 236
$100-199 100
$50-99 200
$25-49 480
< $25 1106
Not specified 778

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Glatiramer acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 54
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) 86
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 53
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 35
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 33
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 27

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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251 patient evaluations for Glatiramer acetate

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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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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Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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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Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Feb 15, 2017 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: No changes
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: No changes
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 2, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 9, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I manage taking this treatment because I know I have to  to stay relapse free.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 1, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 27, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 21, 2015 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 22, 2015 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 20, 2015 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 4, 2015 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have had no side effects from it, and my doctor says it seems to be helping me. I can still have problems with the idea of injecting myself.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 28, 2014 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

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

Sep 10, 2014 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I am now taking the new formulation, this med, I take 3 days a week instead of every day. I find it much easier to adhere to this med now that I have to inject myself only 3 days a week.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 8, 2014 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 8, 2014 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 31, 2014 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 17, 2011 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have had the least amount of side effects with this medicine, I had been taking Betaseron previously and had a major side effect of increasing depression. It has impacted my lifestyle somewhat, in the fact that I have to inject myself everyday at about the same time everyday.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 6, 2010 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This medicine has worked the best for me, no troubling side effects. To take Copaxone, it has had very little negative impact on me or my life.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 1, 2010 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Side effects were not too bad for me with this drug. The only problem I had was remembering to take the medicine. When I remember to take it I will take it. There is no real impact on me except remembering to take it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 14, 2009 (Started Feb 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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