- What is glatiramer-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for glatiramer-injection?
- Is glatiramer-injection available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for glatiramer-injection?
- What are the uses for glatiramer-injection?
- What are the side effects of glatiramer-injection?
- What is the dosage for glatiramer-injection?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with glatiramer-injection?
- Is glatiramer-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about glatiramer-injection?
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 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:
- Injection site pain
- Injection site redness
- Injection site inflammation
- Injection site itching
- Injection site lump
- Shortness of breath
- Injection site welt
- Joint pain
- Flu symptoms
Other side effects include:
- Weight gain
- Facial swelling
Possible serious side effects include:
What is the dosage for glatiramer-injection?
- The recommended dose for treating relapsing forms of MS is 20 mg injected under the skin daily or 40 mg injected under the skin 3 times a week (at least 48 hours apart).
Which drugs or supplements interact with glatiramer-injection?
- Drug interactions between glatiramer and other drugs have not been evaluated.
- Available information does not suggest that glatiramer significantly interacts with other MS drugs. However, use of glatiramer with other drugs that also suppress the immune system may increase the risk of serious infection.
Is glatiramer-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
What else should I know about glatiramer-injection?
What preparations of glatiramer-injection are available?
Solution for injection: 20 mg/ml, 40 mg/ml in a single dose, prefilled syringe.
How should I keep glatiramer-injection stored?
- Glatiramer should be stored refrigerated at 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 46 F).
- It also may be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F) for one month if needed.
- Frozen syringes should be discarded.
Quick GuideMultiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptoms and Treatment
- Shortness of breath
- Pain, redness, inflammation, itching, at the injection site
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