So I have been somewhat diagnosed with MS (not sure how severe as of yet) there are lesions noticeable however I have had to lumbar punctures and the fluid has come back negative. The Dr. has started me on Copaxone (Glatopa) 20 mg. Just wondering if there is any reason I shouldn't drink alcohol?
There is no problem with drinking alcohol in moderation.
As for starting Glatopa, what is the goal of this treatment? This may seem like a silly question, but if your doctor is not even sure of the diagnosis why is it being prescribed? Were you given the option of monitoring your condition with regular MR imaging to determine: a) Do you have MS?; b) How active is your MS?; and c) Does it require treatment?
While I do not know the details of your case, these are the questions that all patients must ask before initiating treatment since day to day symptoms are not likely to abate on treatment with Glatopa.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego