Last reply 1 week ago
Copaxone to Brabio…..differences?

Hi everyone! Until a month ago I was in daily injections of Copaxone , been on this for two years with no major problems……well I don’t think there were as every follow up appointment with the neurologist has been cancelled/rescheduled, cancelled /rescheduled and now I’m not due to see them until August 2020! Which will be 3years since I started the DMT journey. I have complained to the MS nurse who said hopefully I Will see the neurologist before then. I was wondering informed by letter copaxone w was being replaced by Brabio and as I say have been on this now for about a month.. However I am now getting really bad headaches, feel sick and anxiety levels and palpitations have increased. Is this new side effects from the Brabio or just me and changing MS symptoms? I have left a message for the MS nurse to contact me about this, but wondered if any of you guys had experienced different things since switching from copaxone to Brabio. Any help would be most greatly appreciated. Thanks

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stumbler
1 week ago

@ella_dawn , here’s some details regarding Brabio, which suggests that there should be little difference to Copaxone :-

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/brabio-glatiramer-acetate

Although, it’s always worthwhile talking to your MS Nurse.

The only way to know whether the Copaxone/Brabio, or any Disease Modifying Therapy (DMT), is working is to have an up-to-date MRI scan.


ella_dawn
1 week ago

Thanks @stumbler will have a read


itsmewithms
1 week ago

I was on Copaxone for 11 years before there was a generic available. It used to be a daily injection and I was moved to the 3x a week Rx before the generic was available as my Dr didn’t want me to be in the first wave of people using it. I still had occasional attacks that were quickly resolved with massive steroid treatments. I had a mounting number of lesions in my annual MRIs so the Dr didn’t think it was still effective and moved me to Rebif. After 3 years on that with no visible attacks my Neuro feels that I am transitioning to SPMS which was confirmed by appointments at Mayo (leading facility in the US). I’ve shifted to Ocrevus but will still have regular MRIs and now liver panels as well.

As @stumbler notes it is pretty standard protocol to have regular MRIs. I would have my annual one in the spring of each year and then additional ones if I had a sudden onset of new symptoms or a return of previous symptoms. He was especially concerned with any symptoms that were affecting my gait/balance or eyesight. Then I was to call them if they went on over 24 hours and they would do an MRI ASAP.

In the end I’m glad that I wasn’t shifted over to Brabio just to need to switch again over to Rebif. I don’t have the health issues my mom did with her migraines and bi-polar issues but know she had severe reactions to generics. She would react to the different fillers and preservatives they used. If you put Brabio in the little magnifying glass in the upper left of the screen you will get some hits, there have been others that have made that switch and have reported issues.

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