Copaxone

(glatiramer)

3.2/ 5 average rating with 30 reviewsforCopaxone
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Reduces clinical episodes of multiple sclerosis.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about Copaxone
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (glatiramer)

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.
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People’s experience with Copaxone

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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.
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How it works

Copaxone (glatiramer) is a protein that is structurally similar to myelin, an important component of nerve fibers. Multiple sclerosis is caused by a body's abnormal immune response to its own nerve fibers. Instead of attacking myelin, the body is tricked into destroying Copaxone (glatiramer) and reducing symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Quick facts about Copaxone
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (glatiramer)

Dosage forms

  • Injection
People’s experience with Copaxone

30reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Copaxone (glatiramer) for Multiple sclerosis

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  • Effectiveness
  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Pain at injection site
  • Chest pain
  • Infections
  • Weakness
  • Heart palpitations
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Side effect rates for Copaxone (glatiramer)

From 1127 clinical trials of Copaxone when taken for multiple sclerosis (20 mg)
  • Redness at injection site
    43%43%
    10%10%
  • Pain at injection site
    40%40%
    20%20%
  • Infection
    30%30%
    28%28%
  • Itching at injection site
    27%27%
    4%4%
  • Lump at injection site
    26%26%
    6%6%
  • Weakness
    22%22%
    21%21%
  • Pain
    20%20%
    17%17%
  • Dilation of blood vessels
    20%20%
    5%5%
  • Swelling at injection site
    19%19%
    4%4%
  • Rash
    19%19%
    11%11%
  • Nausea
    15%15%
    11%11%
  • Flu
    14%14%
    13%13%
  • Shortness of breath
    14%14%
    4%4%
  • Chest pain
    13%13%
    6%6%
  • Anxiety
    13%13%
    10%10%
  • Back Pain
    12%12%
    10%10%
  • Heart palpitations
    9%9%
    4%4%
  • Inflammation at injection site
    9%9%
    1%1%
  • Swelling
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Injection site reaction
    8%8%
    1%1%
  • Swollen lymph nodes
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Stuffy nose
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Exessive sweating
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Fever
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Inflammation of the airways
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Stomach flu
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Cough
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Racing heart
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Increased urination
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Itching
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Injection site allergy
    4%4%
  • Vaginal yeast infection
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Tremor
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Migraine
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Eye movement disorder
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Double vision
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Local reaction
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Chills
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Face swelling
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Swelling of the limbs
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Allergic reaction
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Weight gain
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Fainting or lightheadedness
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Hives
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Skin irritation
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Pain with swallowing
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Injection site tissue hardening
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Injection site tissue wasting
    2%2%
  • Non-cancerous skin tumor
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Speech problems
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Nervousness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Vocal cords spasm
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Copaxone.

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People taking Copaxone felt side effect more

People taking Copaxone felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Copaxone (glatiramer)

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  • You may develop a reaction to Copaxone (glatiramer) such as flushing, chest pain, palpitations, anxiety, shortness of breath, tightening of the throat, or hives. These effects generally go away, but talk to your doctor if they are severe or don't go away on its own.