new 40mg Copaxone 3x week injections

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voodoodoll
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   Posted 4/22/2014 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently doing the daily 20mg injections of Copaxone but I'm extremely interested in changing to the 40mg 3x week. I've only been doing this one month but feel like I'm covered with lumps from the shots...it is taking a couple weeks for me to not feel the lumps, and in some instances longer. Is anyone doing the 40mg shots?? I called my insurance today to see if they will cover--they will call me back after they check. Just wanted to see if anyone was using the 40mg and if they feel it has the same side effects as they had with the 20mg...any worse, any better?
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Copaxone 20 mg daily injections Mar 2014

Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/22/2014 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I am interested in switching as well. I have an appointment in a couple of weeks to discuss this with my neurologist. I have read that the side effects are no worse. Yay! After more than 7 years of daily shots, I'm ready to cut the number of shots in half.

I am also lumpy. It would be nice to experience less of that! Keep me posted and I'll do the same for you.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

voodoodoll
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   Posted 4/22/2014 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay :) thanks!
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voodoodoll
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   Posted 4/28/2014 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Gretchen, my neuro nurse called today & said my doctor approved switching me to the 40mg 3x week shots...they are supposedly contacting the pharmacy to switch my prescription to begin with my next shipment, but that won't be for a few weeks. I'm excited to change though...these shots definitely hurt lol. I get 2 more MRIs this Thursday..brain & cervical spine again. Then see the neuro on the 15th...hopefully no more lesions. I haven't really been on Copaxone long enough to see if it's helping but I'm still very interested to see if there are more lesions or not...just not thrilled about two 45 min sessions back to back in the MRI tube LOL. The fun times of an MS patient.... :)
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terrys
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   Posted 5/20/2014 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been using Copaxone for 9 years and I have a new neurologist that immediately ordered the 40 mg copaxone for me. I am waiting for it to arrive. I look forward to the switch.

She also put me on Nuvigil and I have to say it's only been a week and a half, but what a world of difference it has made.

I wonder why I ever went to my old neurologist at all.

voodoodoll
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   Posted 5/20/2014 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I start my 40mg on Monday :) what is nuvigil for? i've been been on baclofen for the muscle stiffness..just started a 2nd dose so taking 10mg at breakfast & 10 mg at dinner. saw neuro this past thursday...have a 3rd ms lesion (nonactive) & possibly a 4th..he is sending me to the spine center on 28th because have narrowing of vertebrae in that area....need an expert to see if that one is ms or not. otherwise things going well besides the leftsided numbness that never goes away.
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Copaxone 20 mg daily injections Mar 2014

Gretchen1
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   Posted 5/21/2014 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I think nuvigil is for fatigue.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 5/21/2014 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I think nuvigil is for fatigue.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Tminus7
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   Posted 7/9/2014 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I am just wondering how the switch treated you all? I was diagnosed last month and have been on 20mg daily for 8 days now. I have never felt a burn like this! The daily needle poke is no big deal, but the burn is so bad that my evenings now consist of me procrastinating my injection for 3 hrs until I finally get the nerve to do it. I would love to switch to 40mg and cut the number of nights I am injecting. Do you all like it?

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voodoodoll
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   Posted 7/9/2014 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i too had a horrible burn with 20mg but only in legs & arms..other spots were tolerable. i think the 40mg burns just as much if not a little more, but it's only 3 times a week which made it totally worth it for me!!!!! i only do my shots in my hips and stomach now..i received approval from my neuro. I am sooooo happy i made the switch :)
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Diagnosed with MS Feb 2014
Copaxone 20 mg daily injections Mar 2014
Copaxone 40 mg 3x week injections May 2014

Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/9/2014 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
That's so great!!!!! I need to make this switch!
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.
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