Is COPAXONE an intramuscular injection?

GA Depot is a long acting injection version of the approved Glatiramer Acetate (GA, commercially available as Copaxone®), designed to be administered as an intramuscular injection once every four weeks.


COPAXONE is indicated for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults. COPAXONE is for subcutaneous use only. Do not administer intravenously.

Where can COPAXONE be injected?

Official Answer. Copaxone should be administered by subcutaneous injection (into the fatty layer under the skin) into the upper outer arms, abdomen (but not within two inches of your belly button), fleshy part of the hips, or top outer part of the thighs.

Is COPAXONE self administered?

FDA-approved since 1996, daily COPAXONE® 20 mg is injected daily, and it’s also administered manually or with the autoject®2 for glass syringe.

How do you inject glatiramer?

Glatiramer Acetate Injection is for under the skin (subcutaneous) injection only; do not inject into your veins (intravenously). Do not stick the needle in the same place (site) more than once a week. Each injection area contains multiple injection sites for you to choose from.

How do you administer an MS injection?

Select an area for the injection, choosing skin that appears healthy. Make sure you are rotating injection sites consistently; use a different site each time, avoiding scars, moles, bony areas and the area around your waistband. Make sure subcutaneous injection sites are more than two inches from your navel.

Does Copaxone cause hair loss?

Hair loss wasn’t seen in people who took Copaxone during initial clinical studies. However, hair loss is a common side effect of immunosuppressant drugs,* which are sometimes used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). These drugs include mitoxantrone and cyclophosphamide.

What is the best site for intramuscular injections?

A ventrogluteal site is the most commonly used and recommended site for IM injections in adults and children of walking age because of the large muscle mass. This site is located away from the superior and inferior gluteal arteries as well as the sciatic and superior gluteal nerves,9 and is also the least painful.

Can I get Copaxone 40 mg from the pharmacy?

(glatiramer acetate injection) from the pharmacy, we’ll show you how to be proactive about your prescription—and why it’s important.? Yes. However, if you’re looking for affordable access to your RMS therapy, know that most people taking COPAXONE 40 mg—more than 70%—pay less than $10 per month out of pocket.

What is the Teva Copaxone automatic injection device?

This automatic injection device hides the needle, allowing you to administer COPAXONE at the touch of a button. And it’s available free of charge to anyone taking Teva’s COPAXONE with a doctor’s prescription. Order yours through Teva’s Shared Solutions .

Can Copaxone 40 mg/mL Tiw be given subcutaneously?

Therefore, Copaxone 40 mg/ml TIW should not be used in this population. Copaxone is for subcutaneous use. Patients should be instructed in self-injection techniques and should be supervised by a healthcare professional the first time they self-inject and for 30 minutes after.

What is copaxone used to treat?

Copaxone is indicated for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) (see section 5.1 for important information on the population for which efficacy has been established). Copaxone is not indicated in primary or secondary progressive MS.