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Why would my neurologist since 2011, have me on copaxone (glatiramer) injections, telling me I have ms, put in her notes, she does not believe I have ms?
My response: We are not able to mediate doctor- patient communications, and I personally do not have capacity to read minds. Since you are taking an expensive injectable medication, would directly address this with your doctor, and if necessary, get a second opinion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have started my medication in june (which is an injection of copaxone (glatiramer) everyday) I have yet to get my period?
Unusual reaction: Copaxone (glatiramer) does NOT usually affect hormonal function, and need to have your gynecologist assess this. Sounds like a co-morbidity rather than a direct relationship, but unique reactions can and do occur. If no explanation otherwise, perhaps not a bad idea to try a different disease modifying agent. ...Read more
Variable.: Local injection site pain may last a few minutes, unless the area becomes infected or swollen. Dimpling in the injection site, lipoatrophy, occurs in up to 60% of patients, and may be permanent. Brief injection rxtns associated with chest pain, flushing, sweating, etc, are rare and benign and last about 15 min. Hypertension may occur, and, if so, may be permanent. ...Read more
See answer below: Most common side effects of Copaxone (glatiramer) are injection site reactions with redness or welts that can last a few days. Occasionally, patients will report severe chest pain that occurs once or twice a month and is limited to 3-5 minutes in duration. More rarely, patients will report flushing in the face followed by severe chills and incontinence that can last up to 3 hours. ...Read more
NMO: In the old days, we thought that nmo was a variant of ms. Now we realize that it is very different, although may present the same way. Because it is so rare, there will never be enough people in an fda trial to approve a drug therapy. I have had success with rituxan (rituximab). Two men in this country are the leading experts on the topic, dean wingerchuck at mayo clinic and ben greenberg at utsw. ...Read more
Been on Copaxone a few years. Dr says when if it stops working he wants to move to oral MS meds. I am really nervous about these. Which r safest?
All: They all have different side effect profiles. Selection should be individualized and typically monitoring is done routinely to detect side effects early. They also come with the added convenience of taking a "pill" as opposed to injections. ...Read more