Generic Name(s): glatiramer
Drug Class: Interferon Betas
Treats: Multiple Sclerosis
Copaxone (glatiramer) is an immunomodulator used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). The prescription drug helps to prevent relapses of MS but does not reduce the progression of the disease. The drug is made up of four amino acids or proteins that target the immune system. Currently, there is no generic form available.
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Copaxone is used to treat patients suffering from the inflammatory disease, multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis occurs when nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. Symptoms of the disease include, loss of sensation, muscle weakness, muscle spasm, difficult moving, difficulties with balance, and more.
Copaxone is used to treat these symptoms and prevent the relapse of MS. There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis. The prescription drug helps to suppress the inflammatory response and acts as a decoy to the autoimmune response. Copaxone is administered through subcutaneous injection.
Below you will find the different uses for Copaxone (glatiramer).
- Multiple Sclerosis
Copaxone dosage is dependent on the medical condition that it is being used to treat. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Copaxone should only be administered through subcutaneous injection. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
- 20mg once daily
- 40mg three times per week
Copaxone Side Effects
While taking Copaxone individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Common Copaxone Side Effects:
- Increased sweating
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Less Common Copaxone Side Effects:
- Double vision
- Weight gain
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
If combined with other medications, individuals may experience serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking Copaxone with other medications.
Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Copaxone (glatiramer). Note, this list does not include all possible drug interactions.