My mother is 75, living in a nursing home and has had MS for 40+ yrs. Her new neorologist advised that she no longer needed to be on copaxone as she is in an advanced stage of MS and it is no longer helping her. Is this normal?
Copaxone is only beneficial for persons who are in the "Relapsing-Remitting" level of MS. There are some studies about the use of this for "Secondary Progressive" but they have been inconclusive. When a person is in an advanced stage of MS, taking a medication used for a lesser form is useless. But my question to the new Dr. would be " what do you mean by advanced MS stage. How have you determined this." Perhaps she has had these specific symptoms for a while but no one thought of taking her off the medication.
- Copaxone Information for Consumers
- Copaxone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Copaxone (detailed)
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