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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Hi all,
    Just wanted to drop a post and let ya'll know that I have decided to switch meds from avonex to copaxone. I did alot of research and I think it is a better move for me. I have alot of reasons for the switch..which i will not delve into because i wouldn't want to steer anyone new away from avonex..its just not for me. I would like to thank all of you that lended me support threw this decision making time....all the input really helped. I have a apt with my neuro on the 18th for a checkup and to discuss the switch. One question...which i will ask him as well....Will i go threw a withdrawl from the avonex when i switch? And how does that work...take my weekly shot then start the copaxone the next day?? Just curious, all stuff neuro can answer for me though.
Thanks again...hope all is well
diagnosed 12-1-07
avonex weekly
propranolol 40 mg daily for headache control

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   Posted 4/10/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Lindsay,

I am happy you have made a decision.  I think you will do just fine.  I know that some do both meds for a while.  I also know that that may be up to your insurance as that is considered double meds.  Avonex is an interferon and copaxone is not so you can take both of them at the same time.  But again, this is something to discuss with your doc and insurance.  If you did your research, then you know that copaxone takes at least 6 months to be considered full strength.  Seven months after starting copaxone, I flared huge.  So you may not be fully covered for more than a year from the start of copaxone.  But then again, that may just have been me and my MS - remember that this disease marches on even with a med. therapy.   

I will say that it has been just about a year since that hideous flare for me and I feel really good.  I am feeling the best I have ever felt since my diagnosis.  So, for me, I am convinced that copaxone it working.  I hope that everyone can have confidence in their med therapy, whatever that may be.  That is such peace of mind. 

Keep us posted. 

Love and prayers,

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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   Posted 4/17/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Gretchen - great post on Copaxone. Gave me encouragement as I am on the same medication - and i have the same confidence.  I too after 6 months do notice a difference, and I hope that I continue to march onward with minimal flares.

Again thanks for the post, and have a nice day


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