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Copaxone Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is glatiramer (Copaxone)?
- What are the possible side effects of glatiramer (Copaxone)?
- What is the most important information I should know about glatiramer (Copaxone)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using glatiramer (Copaxone)?
- How should I use glatiramer (Copaxone)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Copaxone)?
- What happens if I overdose (Copaxone)?
- What should I avoid while using glatiramer (Copaxone)?
- What other drugs will affect glatiramer (Copaxone)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using glatiramer (Copaxone)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to glatiramer or to mannitol.
To make sure glatiramer is safe for you, tell your doctor about your other medical conditions.
FDA pregnancy category B. Glatiramer is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether glatiramer passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use glatiramer (Copaxone)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Glatiramer is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash and dry your hands before preparing the syringe and giving the injection.
Glatiramer prefilled syringes are for a single use only. Throw away the vial or syringe after each injection.
Before using the prefilled syringe, take it out of the refrigerator and let it warm at room temperature for 20 minutes. Do not warm the medication in a microwave or hot water. Do not remove air bubbles from the prefilled syringe or you may accidentally remove a small amount of the medicine.
Do not use glatiramer if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Use a different place on your body each time you give yourself an injection. Your doctor will show you the places on your body where you can safely inject the medication. Do not inject glatiramer into the same place two times within 1 week.
Do not stop using glatiramer without first talking with your doctor.
Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Store the prefilled syringes and vials (bottles) of glatiramer in the refrigerator. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.
You may also store glatiramer at room temperature, away from moisture, light, and high heat. Glatiramer will keep for up to 30 days if stored at room temperature. Throw away any unused glatiramer that has been at room temperature for longer than 30 days.
Additional Copaxone Information
- Copaxone Drug Interactions Center: glatiramer subq
- Copaxone Side Effects Center
- Copaxone Overview including Precautions
- Copaxone FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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