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Copaxone

Copaxone Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Copaxone

Generic Name: glatiramer (injection) (Pronunciation: gla TIR a mer)

What is glatiramer (Copaxone)?

Glatiramer is a combination of four amino acids (proteins) that affect the immune system.

Glatiramer is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and to prevent relapse of MS.

This medication will not cure MS, but it can make relapses occur less often.

Glatiramer may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of glatiramer (Copaxone)?

Some people receiving a glatiramer injection have had a severe reaction. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel anxious, warm, itchy, tingly, or have a pounding heartbeat, tightness in your throat, or trouble breathing during the injection. This type of reaction may occur even after you have been using glatiramer for several months.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using glatiramer and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • chest pain;
  • severe rash or skin irritation;
  • dizziness, sweating, trouble breathing;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • severe pain where the injection is given.

Less serious side effects include:

  • redness, minor pain, itching, swelling, or a hard lump where the injection was given;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • double vision;
  • nausea, vomiting, increased urge to urinate or have a bowel movement;
  • weakness, back pain;
  • runny nose;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • vaginal itching or discharge;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sore throat; or
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about glatiramer (Copaxone)?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

Glatiramer is given as an injection under your skin. You may be given instructions on how to inject your medicine at home. Do not use this medicine at home if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles and syringes used in giving the medicine.

Do not stop using glatiramer without first talking with your doctor.

Glatiramer vials and prefilled syringes are for a single use only. Throw away the vial or syringe after each injection.

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.

Some people receiving a glatiramer injection have had a severe reaction. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel anxious, warm, itchy, tingly, or have a pounding heartbeat, tightness in your throat, or trouble breathing during the injection. This type of reaction may occur even after you have been using glatiramer for several months.

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