Last reply 6 years ago
Switching from Avonex to Copaxone

Hey everyone, hope your all well. I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting ms about 4 years ago and when my doctors told me about the dmd’s i picked Avonex as it was only once a week so i thought it would be less hassle, but unfortunately the side effects are the biggest and worst kind of hassle. So after 3 years I’ve decided to switch to Copaxone as it doesn’t have the flu like symptoms, but after reading some peoples posts about Copaxone it sounds a little scary. How bad are the site reactions and the lumps/dents in the skin? And is there any major effect when switching between injections?

Thanks guys 🙂

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6 years ago

My experience of taking Copaxone was relativwely hassle free compared to some, I didn’t get any of the injection site reactions, and don’t forget you will only hear from people mentioning the problems, posts where people say ‘yeah, been taking copaxone for six months now, everythings going great!’ as there isn’t stuff for people to talk about. My top tips would be to rotate your injection sites and don’t use the auto injector as it gives you less control 🙂

Hope that helped

6 years ago

i’ve been on it since April 2005 and no problems other than some swelling, pain and itchy redness occasionally

6 years ago

i relate the sites to a bug bite, you know it’s there and as long as you don’t touch it it’s not so bad. i find it better to take the injection once a day as it becomes routine and i am very forgetful these days so once a week i would forget. i have days where i forget to take my daily meds. the pain and numbness reminds me!

6 years ago

I was on copaxone, I must admit I didn’t take it too well but that depends on the person I guess. I’m currently on the best treatment there is for ms and that tysabri. Doctors dont tell patients about it because it cost the NHS to much money.

6 years ago

Its good to try different options. I tried Copaxone and from day one the injection site reactions I had where about 10-12cm across and lasted 2+ weeks. In the end the reason I stopped the treatment is I ran out of spaces to inject. I have now started on rebif so keeping fingers crossed. Good luck I’m sure it will be fine – all my friends cope well on copaxone.

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