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What are the side effects of glatiramer for multiple sclerosis patients?

What are the side effects of glatiramer for multiple sclerosis patients?

Infrequent, but: Injection site reactions can be seen, usually just reddening, but may see more intense local reaction. A less frequent injection reaction involves throat and chest pain, flushing sensation over face and chest, tingling, and generalized malaise lasting several minutes. This is not a heart issue, and turns out to be quite benign but can be very scary. ...Read more

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How long do side effects of copaxone (glatiramer) last?

How long do side effects of copaxone (glatiramer) last?

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

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Any solutions for memory side effects of topamax (topiramate)?

Any solutions for memory side effects of topamax (topiramate)?

Topamax (topiramate): Best solution is to wean off it. If this is not possible then perhaps decreasing the dose or taking it at night might help. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for taking oral MS drugs as opposed to copaxone (glatiramer) and all the other injectable drugs.

What are the side effects for taking oral MS drugs as opposed to copaxone (glatiramer) and all the other injectable drugs.

Complex : All ms drugs have potential side effects, and Copaxone has injection site reactions, lipoatrophy, an occasional chest/flushing reaction, and of course, the need to inject. All three orals are well tolerated in most folks, but tecfidera may cause severe nausea, diarrhea. Better tolerated might be Gilenya (fingolimod) or aubagio. Talk to neurologist about your best approach. ...Read more

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Are tremors a side effect of trazadone?

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Are tremors a side effect of trazadone?

Trazodone: Not reported as aside-effect. Any other medications you are taking?. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking pregabalin / lyrica?

What are the side effects of taking pregabalin / lyrica?

Pregabalin: You can find the answer to this at the following link: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a605045.Html in fact, entering medlineplus.Gov in your browser's search bar will take you to the national library of medicine patient education site, covering diseases and drugs or supplements. The information there is reliable, which is not always the case on the internet. ...Read more

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What are side effects of the drug alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis..?

What are side effects of the drug alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis..?

Mostly heartburn: Alendronate is generally well tolerated. Reflux is the most common side effect. It can also cause bone pain, esophageal ulcers or narrowing. The generic alendronate may have more GI side effects because it is not coated. This concern has not been answered adequately enough in large studies. It is very important to discuss these issues with your physician. ...Read more

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Are headaches a side effect of cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Are headaches a side effect of cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Yes.: Most people don't, but this is a more common side-effect for some! ...Read more

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Multiple sclerosis and avonex (interferon beta 1a) and side effects?

Multiple sclerosis and avonex (interferon beta 1a) and side effects?

MS and AVONEX (interferon beta 1a): Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is often prescribed for ms.Side effects are mild1 flu like symptoms, headache and muscle pain are the most common side effects of avonex2 it can causeabdominal pain, toothache and dizziness most of the side effects are mild and do not need any treatment or can be treated easily. 3 unusual bruising or bleeding or frequent infections or chest pain can be serious and seek medical help asap. ...Read more

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What are some of the side effects for toprol (metoprolol)? Is headache and weigh gain side effects

What are some of the side effects for toprol (metoprolol)? Is headache and weigh gain side effects

Yes: Toprol (metoprolol) a bbeta blocker can cause weight gain and headaches. In general headaches improve after 2 to 3 weeks. Weight gain is just finding a balance of caloric burn / intake ...Read more

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Side effects of topamax (topiramate) for my migraines?

Side effects of topamax (topiramate) for my migraines?

Many and varied: Topamax (topiramate) causes a number of side effects, ranging from mild (tingling around the lips, altered taste of carbonated beverages), to severe (liver damage, memory problems). It also causes appetite suppression, which can lead to weight loss in some patients. ...Read more

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Wellbutrin/bupropion side effects and there duration?

Wellbutrin/bupropion side effects and there duration?

Most patients: Experience no side effects. Having said that, some patients can develop dry mouth, headache, nausea, agitation, tremor, even seizures. Most non serious side effects occurr in the first 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Side effects of prednisolone for asthma?

Side effects of prednisolone for asthma?

Several: Prednisolone is usually given to patients with an acute asthma exacerbation that is not improving with bronchodilators and inhaled steroids alone. The general course is 3 - 7 days. Over that period of time one can expect possible side effects to include: emotional lability, increased appetite, weight gain (mainly from water retention), aggressive behavior. Not everyone experiences any or all these. ...Read more

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What percentage of MS patients are on tysabri (natalizumab)? Is there a big chance of bad side effects?

What percentage of MS patients are on tysabri (natalizumab)? Is there a big chance of bad side effects?

Answer continues...: If, you have tested negative for jc virus antibodies, your chance of getting pml is around 0.09/1, 000. On the other hand, if you have tested positive for jc virus antibodies, have been on tysabri (natalizumab) therapy for over two years and have prior exposure to immunosuppressant therapies, such as azathioprine, methotrexate, micophenolate, Cyclophosphamide or mitoxantrone, your risk becomes 11.1/1000. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for gabapentin for anxiety?

What are the side effects for gabapentin for anxiety?

Can Be Many: Gabapentin aka Neurontin (gabapentin) side effects: drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, headache, double or blurred vision, unsteadiness, anxiety, memory problems, strange or unusual thoughts, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, dry mouth, constipation, increased appetite, weight gain, swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, and some patients may develop suicidal ideation or even attempt suicide. ...Read more

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The side effects of lyrica (pregabalin)?

Lyrica (pregabalin) side effects: Like most prescription drugs Lyrica (pregabalin) has several side effects. Serious side effects include muscle pain, weakness, vision problems, easy bruising and bleeding. Less serious side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, loss of balance, dry mouth, and constipation. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of tysabri (natalizumab) v. Other MS drugs?

What are the benefits of tysabri (natalizumab) v. Other MS drugs?

Hard to answer: Tysabri (natalizumab) is a potentially effective treatment for MS but your question would be difficult to answer. Tysabri (natalizumab) is approved for the treatment of aggresive or refractory MS where other equally effective medications have not worked. This is because of a possibly fatal side effect called pml which may cause more damage than the disease. Use requires an experienced doctor and close monitoring. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines?

What are some side effects of taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines?

Many have none, but: There r always minor or serious side effects; also allergic reactions.. Some minor--anxiety, tingly skin, dizzy, strange feeling, nausea...; allergic--hives, difficult breathing, tightness chest, swelling lips...Serious--fast, irregular heart rate, hallucinating, numbness in an extremity, severe flushing, cyanotic fingers or toes. Enough? Every med--rx or otc has mild-severe adverse/allergic reax. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for taking oral MS drugs as opposed to copaxone (glatiramer) and all the other injectable drugs.

Complex : All ms drugs have potential side effects, and Copaxone has injection site reactions, lipoatrophy, an occasional chest/flushing reaction, and of course, the need to inject. All three orals are well tolerated in most folks, but tecfidera may cause severe nausea, diarrhea. Better tolerated might be Gilenya (fingolimod) or aubagio. Talk to neurologist about your best approach. ...Read more

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How long does it take for copaxone (glatiramer) to reach full potential for ms?

How long does it take for copaxone (glatiramer) to reach full potential for ms?

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

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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?

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

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How effective is copaxone (glatiramer) for the treatment of ms?

How effective is copaxone (glatiramer) for the treatment of ms?

Somewhat: Copaxone is seemingly the most used drug for ms, but likely intermediate in efficacy. We use relapse rate reduction c/w placebo, as one measure, and Copaxone has been shown consistently to have a 29% rrr. This is about the range for betaseron, and rebif. Contrast to tysabri, (natalizumab) about 68%, Gilenya 54%, and a promising drug bg-12, 44-53%. The choice of a med should also consider risk. ...Read more

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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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Have ms. On Copaxone (glatiramer) but missed a few doses. Worried about my brainstem lesions and if they mean a worsened prognosis or risk of death?

Have ms. On Copaxone (glatiramer) but missed a few doses. Worried about my brainstem lesions and if they mean a worsened prognosis or risk of death?

No immediate risk!: Consult your specialist to make sure that your Copaxone (glatiramer) has prevented MS relapse Usually an MRI with and without Gadalinium injection would tell us if the condition is active Although you should take your Copaxone (glatiramer) regularly missing couple of injections is not a big problem but don't miss anymore!! There is NO risk of death ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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What's the difference between the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

What's the difference between the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

# OF INJECTIONS: Both Avonex and Copaxone are drugs of the 90's, and have helped numerous pts. Copaxone is injected daily, does have injection rxtns, yet is considered safer for pregnancy. Avonex is injected once weekly, but can cause flu rxtns, depression, thyroid and liver issues, and is not safe for pregnancy. Both are modestly effective, but many newer agents have better outcomes (tysabri, gilenya, (fingolimod) etc). ...Read more

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How are the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone distinguished from each other?

How are the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone distinguished from each other?

Avonex (interferon beta 1a) v Copaxone: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is an injection given to a muscle once per week. It is a deep shot. Copaxone is a superficial shot given under the skin every day. The retail costs of the medicines are about the same. They are both expensive; insurance coverage may be important. Avonex (interferon beta 1a) sometimes may cause flu-like side effect symptoms, copaxone may not. Both can cause irritation by the injection site. ...Read more

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Ms - started rebif after a severe allergic reaction to copaxone (glatiramer). Now extremely itchy. Could it be the rebif or the MS itch?

Ms - started rebif after a severe allergic reaction to copaxone (glatiramer). Now extremely itchy. Could it be the rebif or the MS itch?

Could be side fx: Rebif and copaxone (glatiramer) are not the same, but your symptom of itching could be caused by your new medicine. If it does not subside soon, say 2-3 days, it may be helpful to make a change, or use some kind of treatment for the possible side effects. ...Read more

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Taking copaxone (glatiramer) for many years for my MS . I have pain in my right big toe with inflamation . Could my body systems not want me to take it .... Gout?

Taking copaxone (glatiramer) for many years for my MS . I have pain in my right big toe with inflamation .  Could my body systems not want me to take it .... Gout?

Need to reassess: At your current age, 77, you may no longer need copaxone, (glatiramer) and if you developed a secondary progressive ms transition, this drug would not be appropriate to handle that either. The pain in your toe could be gout, but other explanations may be considered. Yes, check your uric acid, but also update MRI of brain, and get full neurological re-evaluation. ...Read more

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How to stop the MS hug? I take copaxone (glatiramer) and I sometimes can't move my toes for a few min it feels like leg muscle being squeezed

How to stop the MS hug? I take copaxone (glatiramer) and I sometimes can't move my toes for a few min it feels like leg muscle being squeezed

Complexities: The "MS Hug" is an indication of spinal cord involvement, and presence is most often a sign of a relapse, which would need treatment with steroids or ACTHAR. If you have active ongoing new inflammation, recommend switching your medication to a more potent agent. We might best discuss this via a Concierge virtual consult. ...Read more

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How do u try to stope getting plaque on your brain when u have MS. Took MRI in JAN. and last wk and I have more plaque. On copaxone (glatiramer) ?

How do u try to stope getting plaque on your brain when u have MS. Took MRI in JAN. and last wk and I have more plaque. On copaxone (glatiramer) 

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No major bullet: Unless we fully understand what MS is all about, we can do little to totally control the disease process. ...Read more

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What medications can help the forgetfulness associated with ms. I takw copaxone (glatiramer) daily. No other medicatiins. Lab work chemistries and thyroid are ok?

Side effects: There are side effects related to the treatment of multiple sclerosis, as well as the effects of the disease itself on attention, concentration and memory. In some cases the addition of antidepressants will improve the cognitive effects and the low mood associated with the condition. A consultation with the psychiatrist could be very helpful. ...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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I have been told I may have MS 12 years ago I take Copaxone (glatiramer) sq daily - hip flexor rt leg how can I improve my walking ?

I have been told I may have MS 12 years ago I take Copaxone (glatiramer) sq daily - hip flexor rt leg how can I improve my walking ?

That's odd...: It is extremely unusual to be diagnosed with MS at age 66. Especially the relapsing-remitting type, which Copaxone (glatiramer) treats. I recommend seeing an MS subspecialist to confirm the diagnosis. Second, without examining you it's hard to know why your walking changed, and what to do about it. Thirdly, even if you do have MS, it doesn't protect you from other diseases which could change your walking. ...Read more

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Copaxone (Definition)

Copaxone is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more