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Lowers the frequency of multiple sclerosis exacerbations.

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Copaxone (Glatiramer) is an injectable medicine that's effective for relapsing, remitting MS. It has fewer side effects than other meds, but the self-injections are needed frequently.

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  • One of the main treatments for relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) that has been around for many years.
  • Helps reduce the frequency of MS relapse episodes.
  • Fewer side effects than other injectable MS medicines, like interferons.
  • Can be helpful in maintaining nerve functions.
  • Likely safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Copaxone (Glatiramer) is a possible treatment for primary-progressive MS (PPMS) even though the clinical evidence is not conclusive (there are currently no approved treatments for PPMS).
  • Requires injections, either day or every other day (but no more than three times a week), depending on the dose you're taking.
  • Injection site reactions are common with pain, redness, swelling, and lipoatrophy (loss of fat under the skin where the injection is made).
  • Doesn't stop the progression of MS.

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Side effects for Copaxone (Glatiramer)

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Abcess
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Blood in urine
  • Bowel urgency
  • Excessive vaginal bleeding
  • Fast breathing
  • Hay fever
  • Heavy periods
  • High blood pressure
  • Impotence
  • Mood swings
  • No periods
  • Oral moniliasis
  • Pustular rash
  • Salivary gland enlargement
  • Scaly, itchy rash
  • Shingles
  • Skin atrophy
  • Stupor
  • Suspicious papanicolaou smear
  • Tooth caries
  • Ulcerative stomatitis
  • Urinary frequency
  • Visual field defect
  • Warts

What to expect when you start Copaxone (Glatiramer)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Inject yourself at the same time every day into your subcutaneous fat (the layer between your skin and muscle).
  • Injection site reactions are common. Symptoms include swelling, redness, and pain.
  • Rarely, can cause a fast and irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or flushing that usually goes away after 10-15 minutes.
  • You can keep syringes at room temperature for up to a month if you can't store them in the refrigerator.

Risks and Warnings for Copaxone (Glatiramer)

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  • Copaxone (Glatiramer) causes a systemic reaction right after injecting the medication. The risk is higher after taking it for several months, but can happen earlier. Symptoms include anxiety, chest pain, flushing (feeling of warmth or redness), chest tightness, rapid heartbeat, and trouble breathing. This reaction happens within minutes of the injection, lasts about 15 minutes, and in most cases, goes away without specific treatment, but some people needed emergency care. If you have these symptoms and they get worse or don't go away, get medical care right away.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Copaxone (Glatiramer)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe