Copaxone Glatiramer Acetate and/or alternatives
Copaxone 20mg/mLManufacturer: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd Source Country : Canada
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Description of Copaxone
Copaxone belongs to the class of immunomodulators, and its generic name is Glatiramer. It is a combination of 4 amino acids that affect the immune system. You can buy Copaxone in the form of a subcutaneous injection.
Indications & Dosage of Copaxone
Copaxone is used for preventing relapse of MS or multiple sclerosis symptoms. You must remember that this medicine is not a cure for MS, but that it can only decrease the frequency of relapses. Copaxone works by preventing the immune system from attacking your spinal cord and brain nerves. In this way, the number of relapses is decreased, and disability is prevented or delayed.
Usually, your doctor will give you Copaxone 20mg per day in the form of a subcutaneous injection. The injection can be given under the skin of your stomach, upper arm, hip, or thigh.
One Copaxone pre-filled syringe is for one-time use only. Discard any leftover medicine after use.
Side Effects & Interactions of Copaxone
Some of the side effects that Copaxone patients may commonly experience include:
- Warmth, tingling, or redness under the skin
- Weakness or dizziness
- Redness, irritation, swelling, minor pain or hard lumps at the site of injection
- Sores or white patches on the lips or inside the mouth
- Nausea, diarrhea
- Joint pain
- Muscle stiffness or tension
- Runny nose
- Increased frequency of urination
- Changes in menstrual periods
These are mild side effects of Copaxone and improve on their own within a few days of starting the treatment. However, you should seek medical attention immediately if any of these become too troublesome.
Sometimes, a serious reaction can take place after Copaxone is administered. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience anxiety, tingling, itching, warmth, throat tightness, difficulty breathing, or pounding heartbeat during the procedure. You may experience such symptoms even if you have been undergoing treatment for several months. Therefore, you should watch out for them every time you receive the shot.
There may be certain drugs that may interact with Copaxone. Inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking at present, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations and diet supplements.
Warnings & Precautions of Copaxone
You should not buy Copaxone if you have an allergy to Glatiramer, or to any of the ingredients in the drug. A severe allergic reaction may get triggered, identified by hives, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing, or facial swelling. Stop taking Copaxone if you have any of these symptoms. Seek immediate medical attention if the symptoms do not improve even after discontinuing the drug.
Before you buy Copaxone, inform your doctor if you have a heart disease or if you ever had a heart attack or chest pain.
Since you will need to receive a Copaxone shot every day, your doctor will teach you how to self-inject the drug. Your doctor will also show you the areas on your body where the shot can be administered safely. Try to change the Copaxone injection site every day and do not re-inject the drug at the same place more than twice a week.