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What is Copaxone and how does it treat multiple sclerosis?

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Glatiramer acetate (also known as Copaxone) is another drug that makes relapses happen less often for people with MS. It’s a man-made version of a protein that’s part of the protective coating around the nerves in your body.

You get it as an injection under your skin three times per week.

Doctors don’t know exactly how Copaxone works, but it seems to alter the way the immune system behaves.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Interferons."

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: "Interferons."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Beta interferon and glatiramer acetate."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Copaxone (Glatiramer Acetate)."

News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Biogen Idec web site.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Interferons."

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: "Interferons."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Beta interferon and glatiramer acetate."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Copaxone (Glatiramer Acetate)."

News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Biogen Idec web site.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on November 10, 2017

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