Important Instructions for Copaxone
General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Copaxone comes as an injection. It is injected subcutaneously (just under the skin) once a day.
- Take it at the same time each day.
- The drug should be injected into areas of the skin that have a layer of fat underneath. This includes the thighs, outer upper arms, stomach (away from the navel), or buttocks. Try to rotate the injection sites (do not inject in the same place twice in a row).
- If your Copaxone is stored in the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature (wait about 20 minutes) before injecting it.
- Make sure your healthcare provider teaches you exactly how to inject the drug. This includes how to prepare the skin, how to inject the medication, and what to do with your used needles (this may vary, depending on the local laws and regulations).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
There is only one standard recommended dose of Copaxone, regardless of your age or weight. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Copaxone Dosage for more information.)