glatiramer (Copaxone, Glatopa)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is glatiramer-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

  • Glatiramer's mechanism of action is not completely understood. Available data suggests that it may work by modifying immune processes by suppressing T-cells (white blood cells of the immune system) that cause inflammation and destruction of nerves in patients with MS . Glatiramer does not cure MS. It decreases the number of MS flares and lesions in the brain.
  • The FDA approved glatiramer in December, 1996.

What brand names are available for glatiramer-injection?

Copaxone, Glatopa

Is glatiramer-injection available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for glatiramer-injection?


What are the uses for glatiramer-injection?

Glatiramer is used for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

What are the side effects of glatiramer-injection?

Common side effects include:

Other side effects include:

Possible serious side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/10/2016

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