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Copaxone (Glatiramer)

Prescription only
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.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 30 reviewsforCopaxone
Helps prevent multiple sclerosis flare-ups.

Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) is an injection that effectively treats relapsing multiple sclerosis. It's used every other day and has relatively few side effects.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 21 reviewsforBetaseron
Upsides
  • 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).
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) sometimes works better than other similar injectable medications.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) may be less expensive than its alternatives.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) only comes as an injection, so you'll need to give yourself shots.
  • You may need to get blood work done regularly to monitor your blood cell counts.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) needs to be used every other day, unlike similar medications that don't have to be taken as frequently.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) isn't as effective as its alternative that's given in the hospital as an infusion.
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Reviews
30 reviews so far
50%
saidit'sworth it
37%
saiditworked well
27%
saidit'sa big hassle

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21 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
38%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Copaxone (Glatiramer) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
24possible side effects
  • Injection site reaction
    78%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    56%
  • Weakness
    53%
  • Headache
    50%
  • Pain
    42%
  • Rigid muscles
    40%
  • Fever
    31%
  • Muscle pain
    23%
  • Trouble sleeping
    21%
  • Rash
    21%
  • Chills
    21%
  • Lack of coordination
    17%
  • Abdominal pain
    16%
  • Swelling in the limbs
    12%
  • Urinary urgency
    11%
  • Skin disorder
    10%
  • Uterine bleeding
    9%
  • Chest pain
    9%
  • Impotence
    8%
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
    6%
  • High blood pressure
    6%
  • Shortness of breath
    6%
  • Malaise
    6%
  • Injection site tissue death
    4%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Injection reaction
  • Skin damage
  • Chest pain
  • Immunosuppression
  • Risk to fetus
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  • Liver damage
    • Alcohol use
    • Taking other drugs that can hurt your liver
    • Active, or history of, liver disease
  • Serious injection site reactions
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression or mental illness
  • Heart problems
    • History of or current heart disease
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Lupus
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