Hi again. I take adderall everyday as a mood stabilizer and to help with focus and concentration (like MS induced ADD). I take baclofen as needed. I ignore all my numbness and tingling (you do get used to if after a while). I take klonopin as needed for my restless leg/nerve pain that I can get in the evenings. I am lucky that I don't have to take pain meds or spasticity meds on a regular basis and only as needed.
Copaxone is considered an immune modifier and not an immune suppressant. I haven't not had any problems with getting infections or getting over infections. I get an occasional cold, and it isn't any worse than before I started taking copaxone. My immune health seems fine in that way.
I do take several supplements that I feel are important to my MS. I take D3 (liquid cap) everyday (5,000 IU) I also take 250 mg of niacin (I don't take the non-flush version...it can be hard on your liver) everyday. I take a basic calcium, magnesium, zinc combo (trader joes) and I take spirulina for trace minerals. The most important one would be that D3, most MSers are low on this one. I insist that my teenage boys take the D3 as well and I have noticed that they never get sick now.
Please know that I am sharing my knowledge and experience with copaxone....but I am not pitching it! As MSvet has said, there are several MS meds out there that are considered successful. The key is finding which one will work for you. Which one will you tolerate and stick with etc. Google; Betaseron, Copaxone, Rebif, Avonex. Those are the main four, but there is also Tysabri (considered only if you fail other meds) and Gilenya the only pill form currently out.
Please remember, NONE of the current MS meds stop flares (attacks, exacerbations, whatever you want to call them). One of my biggest flares came 7 months after starting copaxone. It was frightening and I was convinced that the copaxone wasn't working. I stuck with it and have had yet another flare but over-all I am doing very well. I have good mobility and I still work full time.
Also, many people opt for no treatment. They work hard at lifestyle changes and supplements. The idea of lifestyle changes is very important for MSers. You can't just count on meds. You will need to eat as healthy a diet as you can stick with and exercise is critical. Aerobic exercise is known for being an excellent way to create an enviromnent of low/no inflammation. Stretching and strength training of any sort are helpful in keeping strong and helping with spasticity. I battle some spasticity in my left leg with near constant stretching. I will quickly stretch several times a day.
Wow, sorry! This is a bit long! I hope it helps.