I am 18mths down the track of using copaxone. At the 10mth mark ALL my joints suddenly appeared to dry out- as if the synovial fluid dried up!
I actually wake myself up at night when I move and all the joints individually creak loudly. It was confirmed as a side effect and I am so concerned that I currently weighing up dropping the copaxone. I just hope it is reversible..
I have this! Is it caused by copaxone? Where can I find info on that connection?
One place to start looking is the prescribing information
for copaxone. Section 6.1 lists the following side effects as "infrequent"...
Infrequent: Arthritis, muscle atrophy, bone pain, bursitis, kidney pain,
muscle disorder, myopathy, osteomyelitis, tendon pain, and tenosynovitis.
Moreover, under Postmarketing Experience, section 6.2, the following side effects are listed...
Musculoskeletal System: rheumatoid arthritis; generalized spasm
Teva provides the following caveat when discussing Postmarketing Experience...
Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
However, there must be some threshold level of frequency that these side effects occur at in order for them to be included in the prescribing information.