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Glatirex Injection


Overview

Introduction

Glatirex Injection is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the immune system cells start damaging the insulating covers of the brain and spinal cord cells leading to different types of physical, mental and psychiatric problems).

Glatirex Injection works by modifying the body's immune system and thereby preventing damage to the brain and spinal cord cells. This injection is given under the supervision of a healthcare professional. It is injected into the tissue under the skin (subcutaneous tissue) only and remember it is never injected into a vein or a muscle. It is better to have a different injection site for each dose. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this injection is not stopped suddenly without talking to your doctor.

This medicine may cause side effects like rash, shortness of breath, chest pain and vasodilation (dilation of the blood vessels leading to a decrease in the blood pressure of an individual). These are usually temporary and normally go away on their own in some time. However, you should inform your doctor immediately if they last longer or become severe.

Uses of Glatirex Injection

Side effects of Glatirex Injection

Common
  • Rash
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Vasodilation
  • Injection site reaction

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Rash
    There are many treatments for a wide range of skin problems. Avoid hot showers or baths because hot water can irritate the skin. Make sure to pat dry your skin after a bath or shower. Do not rub or scratch the affected area. Leave the skin exposed to the air as much as possible. Do not use perfumed soaps or deodorants. Water containing chlorine can make most skin problems worse, so avoid swimming. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke and caffeine as it may also make itching worse. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Always use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Moisturizers can be used regularly to soothe and hydrate the affected area. If it does not get better within a week, speak to a pharmacist or doctor.
  • Coping with Breathlessness
    Control your breaths by breathing in slowly through your nose and breathing out through your mouth. Sitting on a chair and leaning your chest slightly forward may also help. Increase the flow of air around you by opening windows or using a fan. Try to learn breathing techniques and do regular physical exercise. Wearing loose clothing around your waist and chest may also be helpful. Your breathing will usually return to normal within a few weeks of starting the medicine. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or get worse. Shortness of breath can also be a sign of an ongoing or worsening heart problem.
  • Coping with Injection site reaction
    Try to change the area of injection and the exact site of injection each time. Apply a cold compress to the injection site. These symptoms are usually mild and should only last a few hours. You can ask your doctor to recommend a medicine if it is bothering you.

How to use Glatirex Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Glatirex Injection works

Glatiramer acetate belongs to a class of drugs called immunomodulatory agents. It works by modifying the body’s immune system and thereby preventing the damage to the insulating covers (myelin sheath) and protecting the brain and spinal cord cells, however the exact mechanism by which it modifies the body’s immune system is not known.
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Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Glatirex Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Glatirex Injection is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Glatirex Injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Glatirex Injection alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Glatirex Injection in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function tests is advised while you are taking this medicine.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Glatirex Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Glatirex Injection?

If you miss a dose of Glatirex Injection, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
Glatirex Injection
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Quick Tips

  • Glatirex Injection helps  reduce the number of times you suffer attacks of MS (relapses).
  • It is injected into the tissue under the skin (subcutaneous tissue) only. Never inject it into a vein or a muscle.
  • A different injection site should be used for each dose.
  • Always store your injections in the refrigerator (2°C to 8°C).
  • Never use the same syringe more than once. Discard any unused product or waste.
  • It may cause symptoms such as flushing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing that normally go away on their own within half an hour. Inform your doctor immediately if they last longer or become severe.

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FAQs

Q. What is Glatirex?

Glatirex is an immunomodulatory agent. It works by modifying the body's immune system and thereby preventing the damage to the insulating covers (myelin sheath) and protecting the brain and spinal cord cell

Q. What is Glatirex used for?

Glatirex is used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (disease in which the immune system i.e. the cells responsible for defense in the body and damages the insulating covers (myelin sheath) of the brain and spinal cord cells leading to different types of physical, mental and psychiatric problems) and to reduce the frequency of recurrences of the attacks of multiple sclerosis in ambulatory patients (i.e. who can walk without help) with relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis characterized by at least two attacks in the past two year period.

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