A Caregiver’s Guide: Plan for Success
- by Paul L.
- October 29, 2018
Paul has been compensated by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
This is a milestone year for my family. My wife celebrated 25 years since her relapsing MS (RMS) diagnosis. It has been a journey of highs and lows, but we have done it together. As they say, this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and we decided a long time ago to do it together as a team.
It was 1998 when the National Multiple Sclerosis Society released their disease management consensus statement advising those living with relapsing MS (RMS) to start an MS therapy as soon as possible.
My wife and I took that advice to heart and she started COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection). Now, we have a plan for success–one that ensures she stays committed to a successful therapy management plan.
- We created a schedule/calendar which helps us remember when she needs to take her medicine.
- When she takes her medicine, she does it at the same time of day – which creates a pattern for us, helping us to remember.
- We plan ahead when traveling for work or vacations. We make sure we can refrigerate her medicine and be available when it’s time for her to take her treatment.
- I help by taking her medicine out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before her treatment, allowing it to get to room temperature.
- I help administer her treatment when there are hard-to-reach places on her body.
- We call Teva’s Shared Solutions® at 1-800-887-8100 if we need support.
I believe having a system is the key to successfully managing RMS as a team. I know that back when my wife first started therapy, we had a plan every day to remind us about her medicine and keep us on track. All these years later, we still work together to make sure we stay compliant with each dose.
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COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.