Cushing's Syndrome is an infrequent side effect of Copaxone. It can commonly be brought on by the use of IVSM and ACTH. All drugs, including DMDs, have side effects and some are more common than others.
I have been taking Copaxone for 8 months, and have not seen any Cushing's like changes.
I'm not versed in Cushings at all, but if it makes you feel any better I've not seen anyone on the forum mention they developed it.
I've also not noticed anyone gain wait solely due to DMDs. Just moreso limitations and imobility related weight gain.
Here's to keeping off all you've worked so hard for and, modifying your MS so you can keep moving.
Excellent question Scout, I hope more send thoughts.
Glad to have you here.Scout it is good you want to know everything you can about a medication. I have never talked to anyone who had Cushings with MS or as side effect. They have to report every side effect in trials even if it might have nothing to do with MS. It is either very rare or a person on the study had Cushings another autoimmune disorder as well as MS.
There are other drugs for pain or depression which are more likely to add to weight gain. I was 50 pounds over weight in 2007 when they first started testing for MS. I started changing my diet slowly and moderate exercise. I have lost ten pounds a year and 7 1/2 inches off my waist. I still have ten pounds to go.
I have never been a thin person. Weight has always been a battle so I understand your concerns.
Keep us posted on the Copaxone. It really is not bad.
Thanks folks for your answers. It is a treat to get advice from people who have "been there". I admit Ive had my head in the sand since the diagnosis, part denial, part stubborness. Books are........? Health professionals mean well but unless you have it, its hard to explain and understand what a person is going through. I had heard of ms before but never paid any mind to it. It is so bizzare I dnt know how they diagnosis it much less treat it. So here I am. A willing student. Let the lessons begin!
I wouldn't concerned about weight gain and copaxone use, I have been on it for three months and lost 20 pounds easily with some small dietary changes.
Scout the NMSS has a free book for the Newly Diagnosed if you do not have it already.