Compare Copaxone vs. Betaseron

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Copaxone (glatiramer)

Prescription only
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
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
  • 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.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) sometimes works better than other similar injectable medications.
  • Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) may be less expensive than its alternatives.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Injection
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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
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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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
  • Weakened immune system
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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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