What is glatiramer?
Glatiramer is a combination of four amino acids (proteins) that affect the immune system.
Glatiramer is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and to prevent relapse of MS.
Glatiramer will not cure MS, but it can make relapses occur less often.
Glatiramer may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about glatiramer?
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.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using glatiramer?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to glatiramer or to mannitol.
To make sure glatiramer is safe for you, tell your doctor about your other medical conditions.
FDA pregnancy category B. Glatiramer is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
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 glatiramer?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Glatiramer 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 glatiramer into the same place two times within 1 week.
Glatiramer 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.
充填済みシリンジを使用する前に、冷蔵庫から取り出して室温で20分間温めます。電子レンジや熱湯で温めないようにしてください。充填済みシリンジから 気泡を取り除いたり、誤って薬剤の少量を取り除いたりしないでください。
You may also store glatiramer at room temperature, away from moisture, light, and high heat.Glatiramer will keep for up to 30 days if stored at room temperature. Throw away any unused glatiramer that has been at room temperature for longer than 30 days.
Do not use glatiramer if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medication.