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Glatopa (injection)

Generic Name: glatiramer (injection) (gla TIR a mer)
Brand Name: Copaxone, Glatopa

Medically reviewed on May 8, 2018

What is Glatopa?

See also: Aubagio

Glatopa is a combination of four amino acids (proteins) that affect the immune system.

Glatopa is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and to prevent relapse of MS.

Glatopa will not cure MS, but it can make relapses occur less often.

Glatopa may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Glatopa or to mannitol.

To make sure Glatopa is safe for you, tell your doctor about your other medical conditions.

Glatopa is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether glatiramer passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Glatopa?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Glatopa is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.

This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Wash and dry your hands before preparing the syringe and giving the injection.

Use a different place on your body each time you give yourself an injection. Your doctor will show you the places on your body where you can safely inject the medication. Do not inject Glatopa into the same place two times within 1 week.

Glatopa prefilled syringes are for a single use only. Throw away the vials or syringes after each injection.

Store the prefilled syringes and vials (bottles) of glatiramer in the refrigerator. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.

Before using the prefilled syringe, take it out of the refrigerator and let it warm at room temperature for 20 minutes. Do not warm the medication in a microwave or hot water. Do not remove air bubbles from the prefilled syringe or you may accidentally remove a small amount of the medicine.

You may also store Glatopa at room temperature, away from moisture, light, and high heat. This medicine will keep for up to 30 days if stored at room temperature. Throw away any unused this medicine that has been at room temperature for longer than 30 days.

Do not use Glatopa if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medication.

Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not stop using Glatopa without first talking with your doctor.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using Glatopa?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Glatopa side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel anxious, warm, itchy, tingly, or have a pounding heartbeat, tightness in your throat, or trouble breathing. This type of reaction may occur even after you have been using Glatopa for several months.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • chest pain;

  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); or

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.

Common side effects include:

  • redness, minor pain, itching, swelling, a lump, or skin changes where the injection was given.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Glatopa?

Other drugs may interact with glatiramer, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.