This a follow on from another one of the topics in this forum, however I feel it is an important subject to touch on, as me and my wife are newlyweds with aspirations to bring up children in the future.
We need to know how Copaxone affects the body or baby.
The question was posed to MS nurses when Copaxone treatment was started, and the answer given was simply detox from Copaxone for about 3 months prior to conceiving.
I have heard some stories of pregnancies failing due to miscarriages or birth defects possibly linked to Copaxone.
I would like to get some facts on this subject. SO if anyone knows anything out there please do tell.
Absentee I had a good look at this with my hubby when we experienced the miscarriages.....it looked as if the 3 months prior rule works for both men and women for a number of things like sufficient zinc, good diet, alcohol intake. I've never seen anything mentioned about conception +men+Copaxone but if everything else is affected 3 months prior, then I suppose I'd be inclined to think men should go off Copaxone 3 months prior too....but that's just my 2 cents worth.Research has also shown that drinking alcohol causes a decrease in sperm count, an increase in abnormal sperm and a lower proportion of motile sperm. Alcohol also inhibits the body's absorption of nutrients such as zinc, which is one of the most important minerals for male fertility.
As difficult as it may seem, you should eliminate alcohol from your diets for at least three months in order to give yourself the best possible chance of conceiving.
RR-MS dx 1998 and Coeliac dx 2003
Tecfidera, Cymbalta, Baclofen.
EPO, Fish Oils, Vitamin D3 2000 IU, Magnesium, Multivitamin/mineral, Co-Enzyme Q10, Probiotics, Milk Thistle, Melatonin.
I've been on Copaxone with only a couple months break since November of 2008. the break was at the beginning of 2009 due to insurance issues.
I conceived this one in December and am still on Copaxone as my Neurologist recommended.
I also breastfed my 4th child while on Copaxone. (I was diagnosed 2 months after her birth).
Although there are not many of us, there are some women that HAVE stayed on the Copaxone while pregnant and even through breastfeeding. If you call Shared Solutions and ask to speak to one of their pharmacists they will confirm this as well as confirming that there have been absolutely NO reported problems or birth defects at all.
I'm not sure if it would affect conception from the male or not, but from the female's end everything seems fine.
Good luck! I hope all goes well!
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