Copaxone

 

COPAXONE®

[GLATIRAMER ACETATE]

Copaxone

Copaxone® belongs to a class of drugs known as immunosuppressants. Copaxone is the brand name of the drug glatiramer acetate, made by TEVA Pharmaceuticals Inc. Glatiramer is a type of immune-response protein that inhibits the autoimmune action of the body, responsible for causing multiple sclerosis (MS).

Copaxone® is currently FDA-approved for treating relapsing forms of MS called Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). Clinical studies show that Copaxone reduces signs and symptoms of MS by decreasing the frequency of flare-ups.

Copaxone® is given directly as a subcutaneous injection. Copaxone® requires a valid prescription from your prescriber. Ocean Breeze Healthcare can provide Copaxone® as well as most of the supplies you would need to administer the Copaxone®.

What form is Copaxone® currently available?

Copaxone® is currently available in prefilled syringe form. Each prefilled single-dose syringe contains 20mg/1ml of glatiramer acetate liquid solution, premixed for subcutaneous injection.

What are some potential side effects of Copaxone®?

Common side effects with Copaxone® include, but are not limited to, injection site reactions such as rash, redness or pain. Some patients report a short-term reaction right after injecting Copaxone® involving flushing, chest pain/tightness with heart palpitations, anxiety, and trouble breathing; however, these symptoms generally last a few minutes and go away without further problems. A permanent indentation under the skin at the injection site may occur so be sure to follow proper injection technique and inform your doctor of any skin changes. If you are experiencing any unwanted side effect(s) or have any specific questions or concerns regarding a side effect, contact your doctor or pharmacist. You may also report the side effect(s) to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Who should NOT use Copaxone®?

Copaxone® should be avoided if you have a history of allergy and/or hypersensitivity to glatiramer acetate, mannitol or any other component of the formulation. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or nursing.

How do you administer Copaxone®?

Copaxone® needs to be injected under the skin, as a subcutaneous injection. Each prefilled syringe is for one-time administration only.

Copaxone® prefilled syringe should be allowed to warm to room temperature (about 20 minutes) prior to injection. Inspect the syringe contents visually prior to injection. The solution should be clear and free of particles. Otherwise, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Remove the needle shield from the prefilled syringe before injection. See Copaxone® Injection Manual for detailed injection instructions.

TEVA also provides an injection device, called autoJect®2, as an alternative to the manual injection method for Copaxone®. Prepare the device by placing the red cap remover of the syringe house against the yellow plunger in the injector body and push the yellow plunger until it is locked in place inside the injector body. Then, insert the prefilled syringe into autoJect®2, and attach the injector body. Remove the needle cap and press the blue button to automatically inject the drug content into the skin. See Copaxone® Injection Manual for detailed instructions on administering Copaxone®.

Copaxone

How do you store Copaxone®?

Copaxone® should be stored in the refrigerator (36° – 46° Fahrenheit). DO NOT FREEZE. Protect from light. Copaxone® prefilled syringe may be stored at room temperature (59° - 86° Fahrenheit) for up to a month.

How long does Copaxone® last?

Before opening, any unused Copaxone® is stable until the indicated expiration date listed on the packaging if all the required storage conditions are met. Each Copaxone® prefilled syringe is intended for one time use only; discard any unused drug after each dose.

List of Commonly Asked Questions

Q:Does Copaxone® cure multiple sclerosis (MS)?
A:No, Copaxone® is not a cure for MS. It simply relieves the symptoms associated with MS.
 
Q:Are there any preservatives in Copaxone®?
A:No, Copaxone® does not contain any preservatives.
 
Q:How often do I take Copaxone®?
A:You should take Copaxone® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In general, Copaxone® is taken daily.

Manufacturer Website

http://www.sharedsolutions.com

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