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What is glatiramer?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone, Glatopa) is a disease-modifying drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) that is taken as a daily injection. It can help limit brain and spinal cord damage. It is a first-line treatment for people with relapsing-remitting MS or those who have had a first episode of MS symptoms (clinically isolated syndrome). Glatiramer is considered to be one of the safer drugs for MS in terms of serious side effects, and requires less monitoring than some drugs.

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