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Teva's COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection): Tips for preparing for your injection

The following are some tips and suggestions for you and your CarePartner to help make your injection experience more positive. Before you inject for the first time, you should be trained by a doctor or nurse, even if you have used an injectable therapy before. And remember, Teva's Shared Solutions® is always here for you to help you get started, or anywhere along the way.

Shared Solutions® came to my home and trained me to give myself a shot. It is very comforting to have a nurse 24/7 to talk to when I have questions.

-Carolyn, Teva Survey Respondent

To set up free, in-home, 1-on-1 injection training when you start on COPAXONE® or at any time throughout your therapy experience, call Shared Solutions® at 1-800-887-8100. Your session can be as short or as long as you need it to be. If you ever feel overwhelmed or uncertain about your injections, ask to speak with one of our multiple sclerosis (MS)–certified nurses. Our regular hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CT), Monday through Friday, but a nurse is available 24/7 by phone for urgent needs. We're here for you every step of the way.

Organizing your supplies

Place each item you'll need on a clean, flat surface. You can use the COPAXONE® Preparation Mat (PDF) to help you organize your supplies.

Here's what you'll need for your injection:

  • 1 COPAXONE® Pre-filled Syringe
  • The autoject®2 for glass syringe (if you're using it)
  • A warm compress (if you're using it)
  • An alcohol wipe
  • A dry cotton ball
  • A used-syringe disposal container

Before injecting

  • Always wash your hands before injecting.
  • Remember—wait 20 minutes until your pre-filled syringe has reached room temperature before injecting.
  • Some people find it helpful to use a warm compress before injecting.
    • Always use a cloth barrier between bare skin and the warm compress
    • Do not use the warm compress in areas where sensation of temperature is impaired
  • Clean your injection site with an alcohol wipe, and make sure your skin is dry before injecting.
  • It may help to ice the site for 1 minute before cleaning the site and injecting.

When injecting

  • It is extremely important to rotate your injection areas (and sites within each area) to help keep your skin as healthy as possible.
    • There are 7 injection areas to rotate between. Keep track of your injection areas, and be sure that you inject at least 2 inches away from the last site when you revisit an area.
A diagram of the seven injection sites to rotate for  COPAXONE® therapy
  1. Abdomen Avoid about 2 inches around the belly button
  2. Right Thigh About 2 inches above knee and 2 inches below groin
  3. Left Thigh About 2 inches above knee and 2 inches below groin
  4. Left arm Fleshy part of the upper back portion
  5. Right arm Fleshy part of the upper back portion
  6. Left hip Fleshy area of the upper hip, always below the waist
  7. Right hip Fleshy area of the upper hip, always below the waist
  • If you need more injection areas, or can't inject in some areas, your doctor may be able to recommend other appropriate sites. To make an appointment for free, in-home, 1-on-1 injection training when you start COPAXONE® therapy and at any time throughout your therapy experience, call Shared Solutions® at 1-800-887-8100.
  • Avoid injecting into sites with birthmarks, tattoos, stretch marks and scars and/or other skin irregularities.
  • If there are particles in the syringe or the solution is cloudy, do not use it. Report this event to Shared Solutions®.
  • Never inject with a needle that has been dropped on the floor or has come in contact with any other surface. Start over with a new syringe.

After injecting

  • Avoid hot showers or baths after you inject.
  • Do not massage the site immediately after injecting—this can damage underlying tissue. Wait at least 24 hours after injecting.
  • Dispose of used syringes in a hard-walled plastic or disposable biohazard sharps container immediately after you inject.
  • If you miss a dose, take your COPAXONE® as soon as you remember. If it is nearer to the time of your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • If you have any questions about missing a dose, contact Shared Solutions® at 1-800-887-8100 or your healthcare provider for assistance.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

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