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    Glatiramer Acetate

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    Glatiramer acetate uses

    Glatiramer Acetate is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

    How glatiramer acetate 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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    Common side effects of glatiramer acetate

    Rash, Shortness of breath, Chest pain, Vasodilation, Injection site reaction
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    Written By
    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
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    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    12 Jun 2019 | 06:13 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Glatiramer Acetate

    • Glatiramer Acetate 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.

    Frequently asked questions for Glatiramer Acetate

    Glatiramer Acetate

    Q. What is Glatiramer Acetate?

    Glatiramer Acetate 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 Glatiramer Acetate used for?

    Glatiramer Acetate 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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 12 June, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)