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 5,541 2,965
General health 70 50
Stiffness/spasticity 46 19
Fatigue 27 18
Pain 10 2

Show all 47 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 289
Moderate 494
Mild 1,368
None 854

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glatiramer acetate

Side effect Patients
Injection site pain 331
Injection site itching 281
Lumps and bumps 265
Bruising 154
Itching 94
Injection site redness 63

Show all 288 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 188
40 mg m,w,f 67
40 mg 3 times a week 59
20 mg every other day 12
daily 11
40 mg every other day 10
120 mg weekly 5
40 mg three times daily 5
20 mg 3 times a week 4
20 mg weekly 2

See all 33 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 979
Side effects too severe 774
Doctor's advice 745
Other 533
Expense 157
Personal research 136
Change in health plan coverage 84
Course of treatment ended 42
See all 2412 patients who've stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration

Currently taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 87
5 - 10 years 126
10 years or more 138

Stopped taking Glatiramer acetate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 194
1 - 6 months 414
6 months - 1 year 414
1 - 2 years 424
2 - 5 years 587
5 - 10 years 302
10 years or more 92
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2200
Usually 578
Sometimes 100
Never taken as prescribed 127
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 261
Somewhat hard to take 670
A little hard to take 1004
Not at all hard to take 1070
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 246
$100-199 102
$50-99 201
$25-49 489
< $25 1145
Not specified 822

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Glatiramer acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 67
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 51
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 39
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron) 26
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 15

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Glatiramer acetate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 95
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 63
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 46
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 42
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 34

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching to

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251 patient evaluations for Glatiramer acetate

May 26, 2018 (Started Jun 18, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (shivering, hirsutism (excessive hair growth), hair loss)
  • 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

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Feb 4, 2018 (Started Sep 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (injection site reaction)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Side effects: injection site reaction

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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Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jun 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site bumps)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: I feel like I have more energy since starting the Copaxone injections. Since going on Medicare with a Part D supplement, my out- of-pocket has gone from $0 to an average of $500/month.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Dec 12, 2016 (Started Jun 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site 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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