Glatiramer acetate (copaxone)

Glatiramer acetate simply known as copaxone is a disease modifying drug for relapsing remitting MS. It is an injection you self inject under the skin. you will either inject it every day or three time a week. it is supplied in single-use, pre-filled syringes. An automatic injection device is also available to make injections easier. your MS Nurse will give you full training.

Side Effects

Common side effect may include

  • injection site reactions
  • lipoatrophy (indentations in the skin)
  • headache
  • depression, anxiety
  • nausea
  • feeling weak
  • chest pain, pain
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • gastrointestinal changes

Less common side effect may include

  • blood cell changes
  • extra heartbeats
  • thyroid changes
  • dilation of blood vessels
  • immediate post-injection reaction (IPIR)

A full list of side effects is included in the manufacturer’s Patient Information Leaflet