Teva's Injection Training Checklist
- by Lift MS® Team
- March 16, 2020
When managing your relapsing MS (RMS), it’s important to maintain a positive outlook and focus on what helps you stay committed to achieving your treatment goals. Below we’ve provided tips and tools to help manage your COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) therapy before, during, and after injecting. Before getting started, we recommend downloading or printing Teva’s Injection Guide to reference while injecting. As always, remember to reach out to your doctor before making any changes to your therapy routine or if you experience any side effects.
- Before Injecting
•Prepare the items you’ll use on a flat surface. Items may include a warm compress or ice, an alcohol wipe, a dry cotton ball, and a sharps disposal container.1
•Wash your hands before administering an injection.1
•Wait 20 minutes until your pre-filled syringe has reached room temperature.1
•Some people find it helpful to use a warm compress before injecting. Always use a cloth barrier between bare skin and the warm compress.
•Clean your injection site with an alcohol wipe and ensure your skin is dry before injecting.1
- During Injecting
•To help keep your skin as healthy as possible, rotate between the 7 injection areas (and sites within each area).1
•Avoid injecting into sites with birthmarks, stretch marks, scars, tattoos, or other skin irregularities.1,2
•If you’re using the autoject® 2 for glass syringe, different areas of your body may require different depth settings. Using depth settings that are too deep or too shallow may contribute to injection site reactions. To help make your injections more comfortable, find the right depth setting for each injection area.
•If your injection needle has come in contact with any surface or was dropped on the floor before injecting, start over with a new syringe. Additionally, if there are particles in the syringe or the solution is cloudy, do not use the syringe and report this event to Teva’s Shared Solutions®.1
- After Injecting
•Dispose of syringes that have been used in a disposable sharps container immediately after injecting.1
•Some may find that using cold compresses after injection for up to 5 minutes is helpful.2
•Avoid hot showers and baths after you inject. Additionally, do not massage the site immediately after injecting—this can damage underlying tissue. Wait at least 24 hours after injecting.1,2
•Keep track of your injection areas to help ensure that you don’t inject in the same site more than 1 time each week.1 Download the COPAXONE iTracker® 2.0 app to keep track of injection site rotations, record journal entries, and set reminders. If you’re injecting COPAXONE® for the first time, you can set up a free, in-home, 1-on-1 injection training with Teva’s Shared Solutions® by calling 1-800-887-8100. You can also request a printed journal with reminder stickers.
•Try practicing some after-therapy regimens, like getting comfortable with a good book, watching a movie, or even taking a nap. You can also build a self-care kit with items that make you feel relaxed.
•If you miss a dose, take your COPAXONE® as soon as you remember. If it’s nearer to the time of your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. If you have any questions about missing a dose, contact Teva’s Shared Solutions® at 1-800-887-8100 or your healthcare provider for assistance.
•Explore Teva’s resources and take advantage of the support and injection materials available.
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Reference 1. COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) Current Prescribing Information. Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Reference 2. McEwan L, Brown J, Poirier J, et al. Best practices in skin care for the multiple sclerosis patient receiving injectable therapies. Int J MS Care. 2010;12(4):177-189.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.