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Copaxone
Specialty Drug
Glatiramer Acetate
Copaxone (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 Copaxone in patients with MS is unknown. A generic form of glatiramer acetate is also available under the name Glatopa, but only for the once-daily injection. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of glatopa is around $1,953.29, 31% off the average retail price of $2,846.31. Compare interferon betas.
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glatopa(generic)
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30 syringes of 20mg/ml
1 carton
glatopa(generic)
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30 syringes of 20mg/ml
1 carton

Copaxone Side Effects

What should I watch for?

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

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Common and Rare Side Effects

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

Anxiety

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

chest pain

cough

excessive muscle tone

fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse

feeling of warmth

joint pain

lower back or side pain

neck pain

painful or difficult urination

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

skin rash

swelling or puffiness of the face

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

troubled breathing

Less common

Agitation

bloating or swelling

chills

confusion

difficulty with swallowing

feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded

fever

headache, severe and throbbing

itching of the vagina or outside genitals

muscle aches

pain

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

sweating

swelling of the fingers, arms, feet, or legs

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

Rare

Blood in the urine

burning or stinging of the skin

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

decreased sexual ability

diarrhea

difficulty with moving

ear pain

fast breathing

irritation of the mouth and tongue (thrush)

loss of appetite

menstrual pain or changes

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

Incidence not known

Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge

back pain, sudden and severe

bleeding gums

blindness

blurred vision

chest discomfort or heaviness

clear or bloody discharge from the nipple

cloudy urine

coughing up blood

dark urine

decreased urine output

decreased vision

difficult or frequent urination

dilated neck veins

dimpling of the breast skin

drowsiness

extreme tiredness or weakness

eye pain

gaseous abdominal pain

general feeling of discomfort or illness

general tiredness and weakness

hair loss

headache

increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding

inverted nipple

joint swelling

large amount of cholesterol in the blood

light-colored stools

lump in the breast or under the arm

lump or swelling in the stomach

muscle weakness, sudden and progressing

nausea

nosebleed

pain or discomfort the in arms or jaw

paralysis

persistent crusting or scaling of the nipple

prolonged bleeding from cuts

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, lips, or tongue

rapid, shallow breathing

recurrent fever

red or black, tarry stools

redness or swelling of the breast

seizures

severe headache

sore on the skin of the breast that does not heal

sore throat

stiff neck or back

stomach bloating, burning, cramping, or pain

tearing

tenderness, pain, swelling, warmth, skin discoloration, and prominent superficial veins over the affected area

unusual tiredness or weakness

upper right abdominal pain

vomiting

yellow eyes or skin

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

Lack or loss of strength

stuffy or runny nose

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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