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 5,401 2,806
General health 69 47
Stiffness/Spasticity 47 18
Fatigue 27 17
Pain 11 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 273
Moderate 468
Mild 1,305
None 801

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glatiramer acetate

Side effect Patients
Injection site reaction 390
Injection site pain 314
Injection site itching 275
Lumps and bumps 266
Redness 222
Bruising 153

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 164
40 mg m,w,f 73
40 mg 3 times a week 55
40 mg every other day 23
20 mg every other day 12
20 mg m,w,f 7
40 mg three times daily 5
40 mg daily 4
daily 4
20 mg weekly 3

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Why patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 943
Side effects too severe 746
Doctor's advice 712
Other 516
Expense 154
Personal research 132
Change in health plan coverage 76
Course of treatment ended 41
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Duration

Currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 58
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 103
10 years or more 87

Stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 169
1 - 6 months 413
6 months - 1 year 415
1 - 2 years 414
2 - 5 years 569
5 - 10 years 286
10 years or more 80
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2076
Usually 565
Sometimes 94
Never taken as prescribed 112
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 245
Somewhat hard to take 629
A little hard to take 971
Not at all hard to take 1002
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 230
$100-199 98
$50-99 196
$25-49 475
< $25 1083
Not specified 765

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Glatiramer acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 51
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 42
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 30
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 23
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 12

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 81
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 47
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 34
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 30
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 24

Show all 21 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: 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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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
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: 1 star
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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