Compare Avonex vs. Copaxone

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Avonex (Interferon Beta-1A)

Prescription only

Copaxone (Glatiramer)

Prescription only
Lowers the frequency of multiple sclerosis exacerbations.

Avonex (Interferon Beta-1A) is an injectable medicine effective for relapsing, remitting MS and has manageable side effects and weekly dosing.

3.5/ 7 average rating with 33 reviewsforAvonex
Lowers the frequency of multiple sclerosis exacerbations.

Copaxone (Glatiramer) is an injectable medicine that's effective for relapsing, remitting MS. It has fewer side effects than other meds, but the self-injections are needed frequently.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 30 reviewsforCopaxone
Upsides
  • One of the main treatments for relapsing MS that has been around for many years.
  • Injections are given weekly, and not daily like other MS medications.
  • Helps reduce the frequency of MS relapse episodes.
  • Flu-like reactions are the most common side effects and usually go away with continued treatment or can be avoided by using over-the-counter pain and fever-reducing medicines before the injection (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen).
  • One of the main treatments for relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) that has been around for many years.
  • Helps reduce the frequency of MS relapse episodes.
  • Fewer side effects than other injectable MS medicines, like interferons.
  • Can be helpful in maintaining nerve functions.
  • Likely safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Copaxone (Glatiramer) is a possible treatment for primary-progressive MS (PPMS) even though the clinical evidence is not conclusive (there are currently no approved treatments for PPMS).
Downsides
  • Injection site reactions are common, ranging from localized pain, redness, and swelling to severe skin dryness.
  • Flu-like symptoms are common after interferon injections.
  • It's not clear what type of problems occur if taken during pregnancy.
  • Blood testing is required before and during use of Avonex (Interferon Beta-1A).
  • May not be as effective as other interferons.
  • Requires injections, either day or every other day (but no more than three times a week), depending on the dose you're taking.
  • Injection site reactions are common with pain, redness, swelling, and lipoatrophy (loss of fat under the skin where the injection is made).
  • Doesn't stop the progression of MS.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Reviews
33 
36%
think this treatment is worth it
24%
think this treatment works well
33%
think this treatment is a hassle

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30 
50%
think this treatment is worth it
37%
think this treatment works well
27%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Headache
    57%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    49%
  • Myalgia
    28%
  • Asthenia
    24%
  • Pain
    23%
  • Nausea
    23%
  • Fever
    20%
  • Chills
    19%
  • Depression
    18%
  • Urinary tract infection
    17%
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The Copaxone (Glatiramer) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    History of depression or mental illness

  • Serious allergic reaction

    Allergy to albumin

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    Alcohol use

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Heart problems

    History of heart disease

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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