Copaxone is a combination of four amino acids (proteins) that affect the immune system.
Copaxone is used to prevent relapse of multiple sclerosis (MS). This medication will not cure MS, but it can make relapses occur less often.
Do not use Copaxone if you are allergic to glatiramer or to mannitol.
Before using Copaxone, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have any other illness or if you take any other medicines. You may not be able to use Copaxone, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category B. Copaxone is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether glatiramer passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Copaxone without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Some people receiving a Copaxone 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 Copaxone for several months. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- chest pain;
- fast heart rate;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
- severe pain where the injection is given.
Less serious Copaxone side effects include:
- redness, minor pain, swelling, irritation, or a hard lump where the injection was given;
- warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under the skin;
- weakness, dizziness;
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- joint pain;
- nausea, diarrhea;
- muscle tension or stiffness;
- runny nose;
- changes in your menstrual periods; or
- increased urge to urinate.
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