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how to quit taking?

Postby jackiejay » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:54 pm

just wondering if it is advisable to quit cold turkey or is it better to slowly wean yourself off.....take every 2 weeks for a while then 3, etc. or does it matter, does anyone know?
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Re: how to quit taking?

Postby mbowersox » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:36 am

jackiejay wrote:just wondering if it is advisable to quit cold turkey or is it better to slowly wean yourself off.....take every 2 weeks for a while then 3, etc. or does it matter, does anyone know?


I recently quit Avonex to move to Copaxone. My doctor said that I could just begin taking Copaxone right away. No weaning off period for Avonex and no break in between so I just stopped taking it. As always, it would be wise to ask your neurologist his opinion as well.
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Postby jackiejay » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:57 pm

if you don't mind my asking, why are you switching to copaxone?....
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Postby mbowersox » Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:05 am

jackiejay wrote:if you don't mind my asking, why are you switching to copaxone?....


Well I have already switched to Copaxone and have been taking it for approximately two and a half weeks. I could tell that I was progressing even though I would take my Avonex regularly (Note I have been on Avonex for three years and never thought it helped slow my disease). My legs were getting weaker and my fatigue had been getting worse. I met with my neurologist and let him know that I would like to switch to Copaxone as I had a feeling that Avonex was not working for me. He said he'd like to do a barrage of MRIs, which I agreed to. I haven't received the report on the MRIs yet, but I could see approximately 4-5 new enhancing lesions in my brain and one in my cervical spine. So, I guess the switch definitely was a good choice for me as it seems that my suspicions were correct.
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