Copaxone Injection Information
If you have a certain type of multiple sclerosis (MS), your healthcare provider may recommend an injected medication called Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate). This prescription drug is approved for the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS, the most common pattern of the disease.
Copaxone is a delicate molecule, so taking it by mouth would render it ineffective, as it would be broken down and destroyed by the digestive system if taken orally. For this reason, the drug must be injected to bypass the digestive tract. Typically, it is injected into the thighs, outer upper arms, stomach (away from the navel), or other areas of the skin that have a layer of fat underneath.
This medication is not appropriate for everyone; your healthcare provider needs complete information on your medical history and what medicines you are taking before prescribing Copaxone. Some of the most common side effects include redness, burning, or pain at the injection site.
(For more information on this medication, including how often it is injected and why it may not be suitable for certain people, click Copaxone.)