Glatiramer - Drug Information

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General Information on Glatiramer

Generic Name : Glatiramer

Pronunciation : gla tir' a mer

Latest prescription information about Glatiramer. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Immunomodulators

Trade Names/Brand Names of Glatiramer

International- Copaxone.

Why is Glatiramer Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an immunomodulator, used to treat multiple sclerosis. It stops the body from damaging its own nerve cells. 

When should Glatiramer not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Glatiramer?

SC: The recommended dose is 20mg/day.

How should Glatiramer be taken?

It comes as a solution to inject under the skin (subcutaneously) by a healthcare provider, once a day.

What are the warnings and precautions for Glatiramer?

Patient may experience with the following symptoms: flushing, chest pain, pounding heartbeat, anxiety, trouble in breathing, closing of the throat, and hives. If any of these symptoms become severe, consult with your doctor.
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney disease, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What are the side effects of Glatiramer?

  Most Common: Injection site reaction, dilatation of blood vessels, rash, runny nose, difficulty in breathing and chest pain.
  Heart: Palpitation and fast heart rate.
  Eye : Eye disorder and double vision.
  Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting and difficulty in swallowing.
  Local Reaction : Redness, itching and inflammation.
  Hypersensitivity : Influenza, inflammation of nose, bronchus, stomach and vaginal fungal infection.
  Metabolic : Increase in weight.
  Musculoskeletal : Back pain and benign skin cancer.
  Central Nervous System : Tremor, headache, fainting, abnormal thinking, speech disorder, psychiatric disorder, anxiety and nervousness.
  Genitourinary: Urinary urgency and painful menstruation.
  Respiratory: Cough and spasm.
  Skin : Itching, rash and hives.
  ENT: Ear pain.
  Miscellaneous: Chills, loss of appetite, fever and swelling in the face and leg region.

What are the other precautions for Glatiramer?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Glatiramer?

Keep it in refrigerator (2C to 8C); do not freeze it.

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