switched to copaxone

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   Posted 6/15/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there!  I had my neurologist appt. last Thursday but haven't had any time to get on and let you all know what he said.  Good news!  He said that my MRI was unchanged so no new lesions!  He also suggested switching to Copaxone from the Avonex.  I didn't even ask him to, he just said that in light of the infections and since I still have side effects with the Avonex after being on it a year, that it "wasn't unreasonable to try a different medicine".  He picked this one since it is not an interferon he said.  So Gretchen, I know this is what you are on.  Are there any concerns I should know about this one?  I just read a post about someone having indentations/pitting at the injection site and they are permanent?!  It doesn't sound like any of these meds are ideal.  My 8 year old son always talks about becoming an inventor/scientist.  He tells me that he is going to one day cure MS for me, but in the meantime he's trying up all sorts of concoctions for a pill form!  I have tried several of his "concoctions"....a little scary, but what's a mom to do...squash her son's dreams? LOL
Diagnosed with MS March 2008

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   Posted 6/15/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kathy,
I love copaxone.  It is very easy.  I don't have any issues with the dents.  I know that can happen though.  It is so completely easy.  There are virtually no side effects.  The shots are somewhat painful about one or two minutes after injecting.  They can feel a bit like a bee sting. 
I hope that this works for you.  I am very glad you have no progression.  You might have some on copaxone.  Since you are switching, you will be basically unprotected for about 7 months or so.  That is how long it takes for the copaxone to be full strength.  Good luck!!! 
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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