For those who suffer from Relapsing and Recurring Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), and are on Copaxone; it may no longer be necessary to take a daily injection. For those who inject 20 mg. of the drug daily, Copaxone is now available in both the 20 mg. and three injections a week of 40 mg.
If you are on Copaxone, your best bet is to speak with your doctor about changing to the three times a week injection.
Of the injectable drugs for multiple sclerosis, Copaxone is not an interferon like Rebif, Avonex, Extavia and Betaseron, which can affect the liver enzymes. Of course, as with any drug, Copaxone can have side effects and should not be taken by anyone allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.
Some patients can have a short-term reaction immediately following the injection of Copaxone. This reaction can be flushing, as a feeling of warmth, which may include redness at the injection site.
With just three days a week instead of every day, the recommended sites are the stomach area around the belly button, back of the upper arms, upper hips below the waist and thighs above the knees.
If there are any questions regarding Copaxone, you can call Shared Solutions at 1-800-887-8100 to reach a nurse 24/7. Shared Solutions is a network of free resources offered by Teva Neuroscience.
For your convenience, there is an App available to keep track of your injections and sites for your iPhone/iPad or Android called the Copaxone iTracker.