Copaxone may cause flu-like symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, a headache, or the chills. Read More »
The fatty tissue under your skin can be damaged by the injections, which sometimes leave a dent that doesn’t go away. You can help prevent this by using a different injection site each time. Read More »
You could be more likely to get an infection, like shingles (herpes zoster), when taking Copaxone. Read More »
Pain in your chest, especially if it’s sudden, could be a sign of a serious reaction. This can last a few minutes. Call your doctor right away if you have chest pain. Read More »
You could have anxiety after your injection. Call your doctor if this happens.
See your doctor right away if you suddenly have swelling, a rash, or hives. It could be serious. Read More »
You could be more likely to have a respiratory infection, runny nose, or bronchitis while taking Copaxone. Read More »
Some people have back pain or muscle pain while taking Copaxone. Read More »
It’s common to have redness, pain, swelling, or itching where you inject Copaxone. You can reduce the risk of this by changing the place you inject every time. Read More »
Redness could be a sign of a serious reaction to Copaxone. Call your doctor right away if you have redness in your cheeks or other parts of your body. Read More »
Call your doctor right away if your heart rate goes up after your injection. Read More »
See your doctor immediately or call 911 if you have trouble breathing or feel like your throat is closing up. Read More »
Nausea and Vomiting
Skin Damage from Injection
Swelling, Rash, or Hives
Injection Site Irritation
Redness in Your Cheeks or Other Parts of Your Body
Breathing Problems or Tightness in Your Throat
Copaxone is very similar to the protein called myelin, which covers the nerve cells in your
brain and spinal cord. This drug helps block certain white blood cells called T
cells that can damage the myelin on your nerve cells.
Copaxone is also a man-made protein, and your body can react to the drug. That can cause different
injected subcutaneously, which means under your skin. The dosage is either 20
milligrams (mg) per day or 40 mg three times per week. The drug comes packaged
in prefilled syringes to make it easier to use. You should have your first
injection of this drug in your doctor’s office or with a visiting nurse.
changes the immune response that affects multiple sclerosis (MS). That means it
could possibly affect your immune response to other invaders or diseases. This
has not been well studied.
antigenic, which means that your body can make antibodies to the drug. This can
cause you to have a reaction to the drug itself, like wheezing, hives, or
Skin and Muscles
Some people experience damage to the fatty tissue under your skin when
taking Copaxone. This is called lipoatrophy. Rarely, the skin in the injection
area can die. The damage to the tissue under your skin can make a dent that may
not go away.
prevent this damage, follow your doctor’s orders for how to give yourself
injections and be sure to use a different location for each injection. Copaxone
comes with clear pictures that show the best locations for giving the
injection, which include:
- your stomach area around the belly
- the back of your upper arms
- your upper hips below your waist
- your thighs above your knees
reactions in the place where you inject the drug can include:
In the warnings and precautions section of the FDA label, people who
injected the high dose of Copaxone three times per week had a lower rate of
these side effects compared to those who injected the smaller dose every day.
You may also
experience redness in your cheeks of other parts of your body. This could be a
sign of a serious reaction to Copaxone. Call your doctor or 911 right away if
you experience this side effect.
serious side effect that may indicate an allergic reaction is swelling, rash,
or hives. Call your doctor right away if this happens suddenly.
Some people also have back pain or muscle pain while taking
Pain in your
chest, especially if it’s sudden, could be a serious reaction. Chest pain can
last a few minutes and often happens about a month after you start using
Copaxone. You could experience chest pain with the other side effects or by
itself. Call your doctor right away if this happens to you.
You may also
experience a rapid heartbeat. If your heart rate goes up after your injection,
call your doctor immediately.
Nausea and vomiting are among the more common side effects of Copaxone.
been known to cause breathing problems or tightness in your throat. Trouble
breathing or feeling like your throat is closing up is a medical emergency.
Call your doctor or 911 immediately if you have trouble breathing or if you
feel like your throat is closing up.
pregnant or plan to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before using Copaxone.
It’s not known if it could affect your unborn child or if it’s passed through