Highlights for glatiramer
glatiramer Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- chest pain or tightness
- difficulty breathing
- fever, chills, or any other sign of infection
- rapid heartbeat or palpitations
- severe pain at the injection site
- swelling of the ankles
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- joint aches
- nausea, vomiting
- pain, redness, itching, or irritation at the injection site
glatiramer May Interact with Other Medications
Interactions are not expected.
How to Use glatiramer
This medicine is for injection under the skin. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- immune system problems
- an unusual or allergic reaction to glatiramer, mannitol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). An unused prefilled syringe may be stored for up to 7 days between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused diluted injection. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: December 1, 2009