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 5,379 2,781
General health 69 46
Stiffness/Spasticity 46 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 268
Moderate 465
Mild 1,295
None 794

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glatiramer acetate

Side effect Patients
Injection site reaction 390
Injection site pain 311
Injection site itching 275
Lumps and bumps 266
Redness 222
Bruising 153

Show all 381 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 175
40 mg m,w,f 74
40 mg 3 times a week 58
40 mg every other day 21
20 mg every other day 11
20 mg m,w,f 8
daily 7
20 mg 3 times a week 5
40 mg daily 5
40 mg three times daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 940
Side effects too severe 740
Doctor's advice 710
Other 512
Expense 154
Personal research 131
Change in health plan coverage 75
Course of treatment ended 41
See all 2317 patients who’ve stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration

Currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 60
2 - 5 years 83
5 - 10 years 112
10 years or more 95

Stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 165
1 - 6 months 412
6 months - 1 year 413
1 - 2 years 413
2 - 5 years 567
5 - 10 years 282
10 years or more 80
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2060
Usually 559
Sometimes 93
Never taken as prescribed 110
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 243
Somewhat hard to take 625
A little hard to take 967
Not at all hard to take 987
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 231
$100-199 98
$50-99 195
$25-49 473
< $25 1070
Not specified 755

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Glatiramer acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 49
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 40
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 29
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 22
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 12

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 79
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 47
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 33
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 29
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 24

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

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249 patient evaluations for Glatiramer acetate

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MSMomx4
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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 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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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Dec 12, 2016 (Started Jun 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Injection site lumps and 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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KKmom
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KKmom
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Nov 14, 2016 (Started Sep 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: Use Shared Solutions injection reminders to help. Use a calendar to remember.
Side effects: Injection site reaction

Dec 15, 2013 (Started Sep 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Side effects: Injection site reaction

Feb 26, 2011 (Started Sep 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Side effects: Injection site reaction

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