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Is copaxone (glatiramer) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is copaxone (glatiramer) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Depends: This medication suppresses your immune system. We don't have any good information on it in pregnancy. It really is a case of discussing with your doctor the risks and benefits. In breastfeeding, we don't have a lot of information but it is a pretty big molecule and probably doesn't end up in breast milk so we feel comfortable with women breastfeeding on this med. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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In lady patients with ms, should they stop taking copaxone (glatiramer) when trying to get pregnant?

In lady patients with ms, should they stop taking copaxone (glatiramer) when trying to get pregnant?

PERTAINENT QUESTION: Likely, Copaxone (glatiramer) safe, as fda considers it a category b drug, but, usually, i suggest holding it for a while before conception, just to be extra cautious. Also, pregancy is clearly protective, and being off the Copaxone (glatiramer) is not risky then. After labor and delivery, i restart within 48 hrs, as we need to prevent post-partum relapses, which can occur about 6-8 weeks after baby arrives. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take copaxone (glatiramer) or rebif as a treatment for ms?

Is it safe to take copaxone (glatiramer) or rebif as a treatment for ms?

Yes, but see below: Both, especially Copaxone (glatiramer) are quite safe, but require injections, with risk of skin reactions with both, and permanent site dimpling with copaxone (glatiramer). Rebif can cause flu-like rxtns, depression, liver issues, thyroid problems, in addition. Copaxone (glatiramer) may have brief chest pain, breathlessness, and flushing after injection.(hypertension is reported) Copaxone (glatiramer) is safer for pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have MS Dx an my neuro is putting me on copaxone (glatiramer). Is the chest pain from copaxone (glatiramer) coming from the heart and is it dangerous? Doesnt seem safe.

I have MS Dx an my neuro is putting me on copaxone (glatiramer). Is the chest pain from copaxone (glatiramer) coming from the heart and is it dangerous? Doesnt seem safe.

Heart is safe: Normally copaxone (glatiramer) does not cause any cardiac problems. Copaxone (glatiramer) is a very safe medicine, one that tends not to cause side effects, but of course there are exceptions. Your symptoms are probably coming from the chest wall, like the muscles. You might also wonder about GERD- since you are taking medicine for GERD. That also causes chest pain. ...Read more

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Is the eastern practice of oil pulling safe for MS patients? Looking for natural compliments to my copaxone (glatiramer) and vitamin D3 treatment.

Is the eastern practice of oil pulling safe for MS patients? Looking for natural compliments to my copaxone (glatiramer) and vitamin D3 treatment.

Would caution you: Amazing how many ms patients feel desperate and begin searching for solutions which are promoted online and in alternative journals, most of which are clearly deceptive and bogus. Forget "oil pulling" and gimmicks. If you are not doing well, make sure your vitamin d level is about 50-60ng/ml, avoid smoking, use low fat, low salt diet. Maybe switch to Gilenya or tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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Does copaxone (glatiramer) increase cancer risk?

Does copaxone (glatiramer) increase cancer risk?

NO !: To my knowledge glatimair acetate (cop axone) has not been found to be carcinogenic. ...Read more

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Glatiramer acetate (copaxone) vs. Interferon?

Glatiramer acetate (copaxone) vs. Interferon?

See answer below: Both are used in rrms with similar efficacy levels. Copaxone (glatiramer) does not need blood monitoring and is administered as a subcutaneous sc injection daily. Side effects include injection site reactions. Interferons need lab work monitoring, can be a weekly injection into a muscle (avonex), every other day sc (betaseron) or three times a week sc (rebif). Most commo side effects include flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

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How close in relationship is tecfidera & copaxone (glatiramer)?

How close in relationship is tecfidera & copaxone (glatiramer)?

VERY DIFFERENT: Entirely different chemical classes, with distinct different mechanisms of action, and outcome data. Both seem safe, Copaxone (glatiramer) tho is injected daily, causes lipoatrophy, hypertension, and injection reactions. Tecfidera may be tough to tolerate due to flushing, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain. Copaxone (glatiramer) relapse reduction is 29%, but tecfidera, drops 44-52%, oral twice daily, no needles. Talk to doc. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Dr. Colin Sanner
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