IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT COPAXONE®
(glatiramer acetate injection)

Do not take COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol. Some patients report a short-term reaction right after injecting COPAXONE®. This reaction can involve flushing (feeling of warmth and/or redness), chest tightness or pain with heart palpitations, anxiety, and trouble breathing. These symptoms generally appear within minutes of an injection, last about 15 minutes, and go away by themselves without further problems. Read more Important Safety Information

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COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection): Confidence with your injections

Shared Solutions® wants to help you feel as confident and comfortable as possible with your COPAXONE® injections. One way we can accomplish this is by providing you with tools, tips, and strategies to help you stay motivated and committed throughout your therapy experience.

COPAXONE®: Administration and usage

Both 3-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg and daily COPAXONE® 20 mg are given just under the skin (subcutaneously). They can be administered manually or with the autoject®2 for glass syringe.

The autoject®2 for glass syringe is an automatic injection device that helps to make COPAXONE® injections more convenient to take. The device hides the needle, allowing you to deliver COPAXONE® at the touch of a button.

The autoject®2 for glass syringe can be a helpful tool for those not comfortable with manual injections and can contribute to a more positive injection experience for anyone taking COPAXONE®.

The autoject®2 for glass syringe is available free of charge to anyone taking COPAXONE® with a prescription from a doctor. Once it is prescribed by your doctor, it can be ordered through Shared Solutions®.

COPAXONE® descriptives1

  • Method of administration and schedule
    Subcutaneous (under the skin) injection once a day
  • Indication
    COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Allowable storage time
    Keep refrigerated. May be stored for up to 1 month at room temperature
  • Needle size
    ½-inch length
  • Packaging information
    Pre-filled syringes. Remember, the expiration date is printed on each syringe, as well as on every box.
  • Autoinjection device available
    Yes

NOTE: If your COPAXONE® freezes, do not use it. You should make sure it is discarded in a proper container, and use a new COPAXONE® Pre-filled Syringe.

3 Injection tips to keep top of mind

  • 1

    Training Matters
    Before you inject for the first time, you should be trained by a health care professional, even if you have used an injectable therapy before. Be sure to call Shared Solutions® at 1-800-887-8100 to set up an appointment for free injection training. And if you need help along the way, you can set up an appointment with Shared Solutions® for free refresher training.

  • 2

    Rotation Matters
    It is extremely important to rotate your injection areas (and sites within each area) to help keep your skin as healthy as possible. If you are injecting in an area that you have used in the last 7 days, be sure to choose a site that is at least 2" away from the site where you last injected. Download the Injection Site Map from Shared Solutions®.

  • 3

    Depth Matters
    When you inject with the autoject®2 for glass syringe, finding the right depth setting for each injection area can help make your injections more comfortable. Keep in mind that different areas of your body may require different depth settings. Using depth settings that are too deep or too shallow may contribute to injection site reactions.

A small change can make a big difference

Whether you are just starting out on COPAXONE® therapy, or if you’ve been on therapy for a while, there may be small adjustments in your injection technique or routine that can have a big impact on your injection experience.

As you read through these tips—either as a starting point in your injection routine, or to remind yourself of some of the things you may have forgotten along the way—you’ll see for yourself that a small change can make a big difference in your injection experience.

If you run into any issues along the way, Shared Solutions® is here to help you take control of your injection experience and achieve confidence and comfort with your COPAXONE® injections.