Specialty Drug

Generic Copaxone

Glatopa (glatiramer acetate) is an immunomodulator used to reduce the frequency of relapses in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). It is not an interferon, but may be grouped with interferon betas Avonex and Betaseron; together the three first-line treatments are sometimes known as the "ABC" drugs for MS. The exact mechanism of action of glatiramer in patients with MS is unknown. Compare interferon betas.

Glatopa Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common


bleeding, hard lump, hives or welts, itching, pain, redness, or swelling at the place of injection

chest pain


excessive muscle tone

fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse


joint pain

lower back or side pain

neck pain

painful or difficult urination

skin rash

swelling or puffiness of the face

swollen lymph glands

swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin

troubled breathing

Less common


bloating or swelling



difficulty with swallowing

feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded


headache, severe and throbbing

itching of the vagina or outside genitals

muscle aches


pain during sexual intercourse

purple spots under the skin

rapid weight gain

red streaks on the skin

shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet

small lumps under the skin

spasm of the throat

strong urge to urinate


swelling of the fingers, arms, feet, or legs

swelling or puffiness of the face

thick, white curd-like vaginal discharge without odor or with mild odor

tightness in the chest

tingling of the hands or feet

trembling or shaking of the hands or feet

unusual weight gain or loss


Back pain

blood in the urine

burning or stinging of the skin

continuous, uncontrolled back-and-forth or rolling eye movements

decreased sexual ability


difficulty with moving

ear pain

fast breathing

irritation of the mouth and tongue (thrush)

loss of appetite

menstrual pain or changes

muscle pain

painful cold sores or blisters on the lips, nose, eyes, or genitals

sensation of motion, usually whirling, either of oneself or of one's surroundings

speech problems

vision problems

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common


increased sweating

lack or loss of strength


sore throat

stuffy or runny nose

unusual tiredness or weakness


Less common

Double vision

seeing double

weight gain

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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