My boyfriend has MS and has been taking injections of copaxone for several months now. He hadn't taken it for about the last week or so (which I was unaware of until tonight). Other than some pain and stinging at the injection site, he'd never had any reaction to copaxone before. However, earlier tonight, about 45 minutes or so after taking his shot, he started shivering and shaking violently and complaining that he was extremely cold. He was in bed with several blankets and I had him take some tylenol because I thought his forehead felt warm and that he might have a fever. After about a half an hour, the shivering ceased, and about 10-15 minutes after that he said he didn't feel so cold anymore. He finally just fell asleep about 10 minutes ago. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever had a reaction like this to copaxone. From what I have read it's my understanding that most people have little to no reaction to it. What I find strange is that he never had a reaction when he took it before, so why would it just start all of a sudden? He is also currently taking Vicodin and Flexeril for a back injury, which is recent. I don't know if the other medications could have caused some type of reaction or not. After he started calming down tonight he told me that he had had a similar reaction the very first time he'd taken avonex, which he was treated with when he was first diagnosed. I know that it is much more common to become sick from avonex, but I am guessing it is also possible with copaxone since it's the same type of medication. I'm just not sure if he should continue taking the copaxone or if we should contact his doctor and see about something different. If anyone has ever experienced anything like this and has any reccomendations I would greatly appreciate it. I hope I've explained this all okay... I'm still pretty upset and worried. Anyway, thanks in advance.
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety
Amytriptiline, Flexeril (PRN), Percocet (PRN), Ambien (PRN at bedtime), B12
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