If you have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, you might be recommended copaxone which is a treatment of safety.
Copaxone is a synthetic preparation that includes four amino acids and has been developed to mimic the composition of myelin present in the human brain. In multiple sclerosis (MS), the inflammatory response that occurs in the central nervous system causes severe damage.
In MS, pro-inflammatory cells are involved in bringing about an immune response that involves inflammation causing majority of symptoms and damage. Copaxone replaces this with anti-inflammatory cells that reach the inflammation site in multiple sclerosis and control the activity of the immune system. In turn, copaxone also controls inflammation that is one of the main symptoms of multiple sclerosis detected with the help of MRI. Hence, Copaxone helps treat multiple sclerosis with safety and lesser side effects.
Safety of Copaxone in Treating Multiple Sclerosis
Copaxone is considered effective for treating relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Safety of Copaxone is also known and certified for treating MS. In patients diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, Copaxone has been shown to reduce the symptoms of MS, while not compromising safety, by slowing down the progression of multiple sclerosis and reducing the inflammation that appears as a result of the body’s immune response.
Side Effects of Administering Copaxone to Treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Copaxone needs to be administered over a long period of time as is the case with most medications used to treat multiple sclerosis. As with other medications, safety of using Copaxone over prolonged periods of time continues to be researched.
The most common side effects of Copaxone include reactions at the site of copaxone injection. These side effects include swelling of skin, redness of skin, itching, pain, and hard spots.
Most of the side effects of copaxone in MS are only temporary and reduce naturally over a short period of time. However, multiple sclerosis patients need to watch out for these side effects and inform their doctors if any of the side effects worsen or are present over a period of time.
Some measures could be taken to reduce the side effects of Copaxone injections for treating multiple sclerosis. They are: shifting the copaxone injection site, preparing the copaxone injection at room temperature, and slightly warming the site of injection by applying a heat pack five minutes prior to the injection. These measures have shown to produce positive results in reducing the side effects of Copaxone injections given to multiple sclerosis patients. Though there may be some side effects, Copaxone injection does not compromise on safety for treating patients with multiple sclerosis or MS.
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