Post Edited (Kiera) : 2/27/2008 1:09:07 PM (GMT-7)
If you don't think the betaseron is working then you owe it to yourself to try something new. For many, copaxone is a wonderful drug. Just remember, none of these drugs is going to make you feel better (they do not manage symptoms). They are only designed to slow down progression and they work very, very slowly. It will take at least a year for you to know if the copaxone it working. You may flare several times in that year. I had a a huge flare seven months into copaxone and it scared me badly. I was left with a lot of residuals and I was really rattled for a long time. It was hard hard work mentally and physically to come back from that one.
I am now approaching a year since that flare and I am feeling better than ever as far as progression goes. I have none since that flare. My doctor and I feel that the copaxone is NOW doing what it is supposed to do. That does NOT mean that I think I will be flare free from now on. It does seem like things are progressing slower though. I had three flares in ten months. Now I have gone almost a year.
So anyway, hang in there and just know that the drugs all work slowly. For many, copaxone is a good one. It usually has very few side effects - no flu like symptoms at all. Some are allergic though and cannot tolerate it. Make sure you know about IPIR as that can be a bit scary and uncomfortable as well with copaxone.
Good luck with whatever you decide. Keep us posted.
Love and prayers,
I was told that copaxone takes 6 months to be considered full strength in your body. Even at full strength, it may take a year or more for it to start working. It is a long slow process.