User Reviews for Glatopa to treat Multiple Sclerosis
Glatopa has an average rating of 4.3 out of 10 from a total of 7 ratings for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. 29% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 43% reported a negative effect.
“I was diagnosed with MS in 2014 started Copaxone in 2015...40mg 3x/wk..it was hard to get used to injections but I got used to it after about a year and I was at the point where I could just take a shot manually in the stomach or by the injector & I could just carry on. Then my tricare insurance decided to change to generic Glatopa..since then my shots have burned & injection sites hurt weeks after..noticed more numbness in legs and feet & constantly cold...My Dr is trying to fight for Copaxone but I don't think she's gonna win...I cant afford $5800.00 a month for copaxone..I'm going to request another MRI to see if there's any changes”
“I was fine with the shots w/and w/out the injector with copaxone. I could take a shot.. bam do it.. go on with life..now my shots are at times just paralysing with the burning and pain and the welts. I can feel every place I've taken a shot for the last 3 weeks and still have welts in some areas. Copaxone was so much smoother”
“I was completely stable on Copaxone for years, with no progression, until Cigna made me switch to Glatopa. After several weeks on Glatopa I began having severe symptoms, including numbness and tingling in my extremities, difficulty using my hands, clumsiness in one foot, and difficulty thinking. I am afraid and wish I had never tried this drug.”
“I was on copaxone for 6 years with no issue's and stable MRI. Then Cigna forced me to switch to glatopa.I tried to fight to stay on it even with my doc note to stay on copaxone. No luck. So I tried it. Terrible auto injector compared to coxpaxone. It took weeks to inject correctly. 5 months on it and I had a relapse. I am still on it until I see my neuro and decide what to do. I don't like all the other choices out there and the side effects. All I know is I was fine ,until the insurance company switched me with no concern that it is not the same drug. This is what happen to me. You might do great on it but that is your choIce.”
“Despite my neurologist's request to keep me on Copaxone (symptom free since 2008 and minor injection-site irritation), Cigna forced me onto Glatopa. First, the injection device is flawed. Jammed twice and didn't fully inject the medication. More frightening are the injection-site reactions: large rash and bruising that resolved over 4 weeks into what looked like some skin infection, peeling, scabbing. I'm am fortunate that my neurologist found this unacceptable and switched me back after 2 weeks (6 doses).”
“For what it's worth, I would not recommend switching to Glatopa yet (as it's still too new in the market). I was on Copaxone for 5 years and was doing great before the switch. Had I known what I know now, I would have opted for the alternative Copaxone financial assistance (a reimbursement program) to stay on the daily shot once Kaiser auto-switched patients to Glatopa (for cost saving purposes to them) without ensuring the negative side effects to patients because basically they just don't care. All that being said, within 6 months of switching to Glatopa, I ended up in the hospital with Transverse Myelitis for 10 days (with a 100K hospital bill) which is more than a relapse it's a completely new lesion on the spine. Anyway, while in the hospital a doctor told me that a generic does not have to be exactly the same ingredients as their predecessor. She said the generic drug can contain up to 20% of new proprietary ingredients). Wish I had known. It's unbelievable that Kaiser (or any doctor) would just switch patients to a new drug without that full disclosure or before the medication has been truly tested as a genuine safe replacement. I have since been referred to MS Center (where they don't recommend Glatopa - go figure). My new doctor (at MS Center) put me on Tysabri - which I hear is the "cadillac" of current MS treatments. Anyway, been doing fine on it so far with the exception of lingering nerve discomfort from the Glatopa relapse (for which I also take Gabapentin). Soon I will be back 100% and in the meantime...All is well!”
“I was diagnosed with MS a few months ago. Glatopa was the first drug prescribed. The auto-injector makes the daily injections easy to tolerate. I was on it for approximately one month before having an extreme adverse reaction that started immediately after an injection. It started with a strong metallic taste in my mouth, loud rushing sounds in my ears, and extreme dizziness and loss of motor functions followed by crushing chest pain and shortness of breath. The most severe symptoms lasted for 10-15 minutes, the chest pain for over an hour and the breathing problems for well over 2 hours. I believe I blacked out for several minutes at the onset of the reaction. I am currently not taking any MS medication.”
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“Just recently switched to glatopa because of insurance. It doesn't work. Depression is crippling. Think I'm having another relapse.”
“No side effects, same as Copaxone.”
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