Copaxone itching

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They appear less frequently as time goes on. I've been on Copaxone 10 months now. Itching is also sporadic. It started big time about 6 weeks after my first dose, involving both new and old injection sites when it appeared. I used some anti-itch cream for a while. That kept me out of crazy land until the itch tapered down to the occasional annoying appearance. Sites did itch again a day or two after getting my flu shot, maybe because my immune system had been prodded into action?
As Q said, copaxone does not cause heart failure. If you are going to have a post-injection reaction to copaxone, it will happen immediately and not 30 minutes later. Every medicine in the world has potential side effects - you just have to weigh the possible bad problems against the good the drug might do. Again, please talk to your doctor about this - perhaps an antianxiety drug would be useful.
I have been taking Copaxone going on 5 months now. For the last 3, I have had the itchy lumps for a day or two after. I thought maybe they would get better but they really aren't. The PA at the neurologist office said they probably wouldn't. My question is this: Should I continue to tough it out or should I switch? I am curious from others if they have dealt with this and what they did about it. The itching isn't that bad, it's the lumps that bother me the most.
Hi guys, Just before we go to Cuba, I am very concerned about the reactions I am having on the Copaxone. I had the nurse come on Friday to review with me the procedure of the shots, and the shot that she assisted with, is still red, swollen, itchy, and I have a big lump under neath the skin.
Is anyone else on Copaxone? I was diagnosed in June, and I started treatment almost three weeks ago. How are you tolerating the treatments?
I had the itching and all the other site reactons and nothing helped but it is much better now..i have almost no reactions and it has been 6 months now. IT REALLY DOES GET BETTER !!!
I also experienced insane itching after being on Copaxone for a couple of months. My neuro wrote me a presciption for an allergy pill. The itching did subside after a couple of weeks. I know it's annoying and tiring but it DOES go away. Good luck!!
I noticed lately that when I inject my copaxone, the site bleeds more than it used to and I am having a more pronounced reaction in terms of itching and length of uncomfortability. I know that itchiness is a side effect as I have just commented on another post. Then I realized I should out the bleeding question out there. I will follow my own advice and ask my doctor tomorrow. Thanks.
Oh, and I am now having itching with the injection sites even days later. I never had an itching reaction before! Thank again for your assistance!
I started Copaxone just over a week ago. Since then I've noticed I've been getting itchier all over and it's getting worse. Is this a side effect of Copaxone or is it just another symptom of MS?
I am finishing my 3rd week on Copaxone tomorrow evening, and I have a question for those of you that have been using Copaxone for awhile. Does the horrible stinging after injecting ever go away? At 5'2, 71#s, I really don't have much body fat, and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with why, the stinging is so awful, and continues. Still grateful to be on it-just wondering if it will become less painful.
Ive been on Copaxone for approx. 4 weeks now. It is going well and for the first couple of weeks after I injected the red lump that developed would be gone by the next day. Recently though this red lump is staying around and becoming very itchy, Im now 5 days since injecting in one area and still red lump. Ive also started to have waves of feeling really clammy and hot,this passses after 4 minutes then it comes again. Usually starts an hour after I inject.
I did not like the Copaxone lumps the size of lomons, Awful itching, Painful injections. I took it for 6 weeks I could not sleep because the lumps and bruising were so painful no matter which way I laid i could not get comfortable. Dr was kinda shocked when he saw the lumps and changed me to Rebif. I start rebif tomorrow. I know i could get flu like symptoms bet it will be better than what i had on copaxone. May be i will be lucky and not get side effects. Keeping my fingers crossed.
The itching was a nightmare. Nothing I tried helped. I'm all in favor of giving Copaxone a good effort, and I'm sure that for the big majority it becomes manageable. I'm just not part of the big majority. The Shared Solutions people will hover (figuratively) and cluck, but in the final analysis they're no help. I don't think they're even allowed to concede that sometimes it just doesn't work.
I have been on Copaxone for about two weeks now and the only complaint I have is that there is sooo much pain after the shot. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and this makes me want to stop taking it. Does the pain ever stop? cause I don't know how long I can take this.
I'm wondering if anyone else has had reactions to Copaxone? I have been taking it for over 5 months and one night after taking it in the thigh, I experienced the tightness of the chest, difficulty breathing, and my face turned bright red and felt like it was going to split apart. My DR said to reduce it to 1/2 a shot the next night and I didn't have another problem for 3 more weeks when it happened again. Coincidently, both times it occured when the injection was in the thigh .
I have been Copaxone for over a yr. I still get site reaction such as lumps, redness, heat, swelling..itching,,One thing you can try is to adjust the depth of your auto injector. I went to a lesser number on th auto inject. After several months, I was told that I need to adjust the needle depth on certain areas. Places that have more fat on them should be a bit deeper injection.
I started Copaxone two months ago and I am still having the lumps and itching for days after injections. My PA told me the lumps will most likely not go away. She asked me if I could tolerate it. Is this true for you MSers that have used Copaxone. Debating whether or not to continue these injections. It's not horrible but annoying. Kinda embarassing to itch my sites all the time! Im just scared to switch and then have to deal with flu-like symptoms with the other injectibles.
I was very discouraged to use this medication after the horrible time I had with Avenox. I have been on Copaxone for a week now. The needle itself does not hurt but the medication burns, hurts then settles in a few minutes. When I inject into my hip my left cheek goes numb in one little spot. My sides hurt where I inject and now I must learn to sleep on my back because my hips hurt when I sleep on my sides or I have to put a pillow between my knees.
i do wonder if the itching is just a symptom of having MS but the nurse said it wasn't common and since it started around the time I started the Copaxone, she thought there was a correlation. I'll be interested to see if the itching stops now that i've stopped the Copaxone. It's a shame though as I was doing so well with the injections with no other side effects!
I was leaning more towards copaxone, as well as my doctor.Has anyone been on this medication? What are the side effects like (if you had any) and did you notice a difference being on it? Any thoughts or comments would be much appreciated!!
I have been on both Rebif and Copaxone. I was on Rebif for about 5 years, and I have been on Copaxone for two. I didn't have any problems with the Rebif except for the high liver functions. That is why I am on Copaxone. I think there is no difference in the injection pain. They both were very minimal. My worst pain was in my arms for some reason. The daily injections aren't bad, especially since you don't get sick.
With that, I probably have little to offer other than commiseration. I started Copaxone on March 15th. I was pleasantly surprised initially that all I had to endure was the short term intense sting and an occasional welt. Over the past few weeks though I have also noticed increased reactions. For me, the worst reactions seem to be the belly sites. That used to be my fav site to use.
I have been icing when it starts stinging or itching and that stops it. My hips are perfect though no stinging, itching or welts.
Hi, I too am on Copaxone. I was having terrible welts, and pain and itching well after the shot. The heat, and cold packs weren't working for me eiter. I have not been on it for just over 3 months, and I have found that doing the injection manually, was so much easier. It takes a little patience and sometimes she may need help, especially doing the buttocks shot. But, I have little to no welt, but sometimes a lump will apprear, and it is smaller..... and is easier to handle.
Anyone on Copaxone? Anyone having problems with it? Blood counts up or down?
My allergic reaction was extreme skin itching, and slight swelling of the face. What the Copaxone people will tell you is that you injected in an area that didn't have enough fat. That's more or less true, but it's oversimplified. Copaxone causes areas of scar tissue, especially if you don't massage the area or heat it after injection. I had a lot of lipoatrophy, and areas would become 'uninjectable' because I wasn't treating my injection sites very well.
Hi!, So I'm going to start injecting my copaxone on thursday night. I'm getting scared about site reactions and the sting pain as you inject. I know I have two days till I start but my copaxone is being delivered today and it's going to scare me having it in my house. Like a ticking time bomb or something. So I was just looking to see what side effects people are having and how bad they are and how you cope. If you have no side effect, I wana hear about that :).
After injecting Rebif for the past few months without any pain from the injection, I assumed Copaxone would be no different. Was I wrong about that! Immediately after injecting the Copaxone in my abdomen area, I had the worst burning/stinging feeling. I found it quite intense, which surprised me as I think I normally have a fairly high pain theshold. It did subside after 10 minutes or so. There was dollar sized flat red mark at the injection site which disappeared after a couple of hours.
i have been using copaxone for two years now and seem to be getting some , well i call them bumps, under the skin where i inject. the top of my thighs and the back of my arms are real bad. i dont want to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts any more. i am doing the shot wrong? or is this a common side effect ? is this what they refer to as scar tissue build up? i know, lots of questions.
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