Compare Avonex vs. Copaxone

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Copaxone (glatiramer)

Prescription only
Lowers the frequency of multiple sclerosis flares and delays disabilty.

Avonex (interferon beta-1a) helps manage multiple sclerosis by reducing flare ups and increasing periods of remission in between, but it may not work for all people.

2.7/ 5 average rating with 33 reviewsforAvonex
Reduces clinical episodes of multiple sclerosis.

Copaxone (glatiramer) is safer than interferons at reducing multiple sclerosis episodes.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 30 reviewsforCopaxone
Upsides
  • Avonex (interferon beta-1a) decreased MS exacerbations and delayed progression.
  • Avonex (interferon beta-1a) is a first-choice treatment for relapsing MS.
  • Avonex (interferon beta-1a) is safer and provides more convenient dosing (once a week) than some alternative injectable medicines.
  • Copaxone (glatiramer) does not cause fatigue and flu-like symptoms unlike interferons.
  • Copaxone (glatiramer) is relatively safe compared to injectable medicines that are associated with serious side-effects for multiple sclerosis.
Downsides
  • Generic is not available, so Avonex (interferon beta-1a) can be expensive.
  • Only available as an injection.
  • Can worsen heart function and depression.
  • Injections are given 3 times per week, which may not be comfortable for some people.
  • Not as effective as other injectable medicines for multiple sclerosis.
  • Available as a generic version, but may still be expensive.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
33 reviews so far
36%
saidit'sworth it
24%
saiditworked well
33%
saidit'sa big hassle

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30 reviews so far
50%
saidit'sworth it
37%
saiditworked well
27%
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Side effects
29possible side effects
  • Headache
    57%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    49%
  • Muscle pain
    28%
  • Weakness
    24%
  • Pain
    23%
  • Nausea
    23%
  • Fever
    20%
  • Chills
    19%
  • Depression
    18%
  • Bladder infection
    17%
  • Dizziness
    14%
  • Nose or throat infection
    14%
  • Sinus infection
    14%
  • Joint pain
    9%
  • Stomach pain
    8%
  • Injection site pain
    8%
  • Bronchitis
    8%
  • Infection
    7%
  • Injection site inflammation
    6%
  • Injection site bruising
    6%
  • Chest pain
    5%
  • Migraine
    5%
  • Hair loss
    4%
  • Eye disorder
    4%
  • Low iron
    4%
  • Injection site reaction
    3%
  • Toothache
    3%
  • Abnormal components in urine
    3%
  • Dilation of blood vessels
    2%
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53possible side effects
  • Redness at injection site
    43%
  • Pain at injection site
    40%
  • Infection
    30%
  • Itching at injection site
    27%
  • Lump at injection site
    26%
  • Weakness
    22%
  • Pain
    20%
  • Dilation of blood vessels
    20%
  • Swelling at injection site
    19%
  • Rash
    19%
  • Nausea
    15%
  • Flu
    14%
  • Shortness of breath
    14%
  • Chest pain
    13%
  • Anxiety
    13%
  • Back Pain
    12%
  • Heart palpitations
    9%
  • Inflammation at injection site
    9%
  • Swelling
    8%
  • Injection site reaction
    8%
  • Swollen lymph nodes
    7%
  • Vomiting
    7%
  • Stuffy nose
    7%
  • Exessive sweating
    7%
  • Fever
    6%
  • Inflammation of the airways
    6%
  • Stomach flu
    6%
  • Cough
    6%
  • Racing heart
    5%
  • Increased urination
    5%
  • Itching
    5%
  • Injection site allergy
    4%
  • Vaginal yeast infection
    4%
  • Tremor
    4%
  • Migraine
    4%
  • Eye movement disorder
    3%
  • Double vision
    3%
  • Local reaction
    3%
  • Chills
    3%
  • Face swelling
    3%
  • Swelling of the limbs
    3%
  • Allergic reaction
    3%
  • Weight gain
    3%
  • Fainting or lightheadedness
    3%
  • Hives
    3%
  • Skin irritation
    3%
  • Pain with swallowing
    2%
  • Injection site tissue hardening
    2%
  • Injection site tissue wasting
    2%
  • Non-cancerous skin tumor
    2%
  • Speech problems
    2%
  • Nervousness
    2%
  • Vocal cords spasm
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression or mental illness
  • Liver damage
    • Alcohol use
    • Taking other medicines that cause liver injury
    • History of liver disease
  • Risk of worsening heart function
    • History of heart failure
  • Injection site reaction
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Low blood counts
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  • Injection reaction
  • Skin damage
  • Weakened immune system
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