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

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  • Major
  • 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

Show all 388 reported side effects

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 1 helpful mark
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