A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Copaxone is a polypeptide mixture used to reduce the frequency of relapses in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. USE THIS MEDICINE at the same time every day. This medicine is sometimes used at home as an injection. IF YOU ARE USING THIS MEDICINE AT HOME, a healthcare professional will provide detailed instructions for its appropriate use. Ask them any questions that you may have about your medicine or giving injections. Be sure to use the proper injection device for the type of syringe (e.g., glass or plastic) the medication is in. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about the device. If the medicine contains particles or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it. STORE THIS MEDICINE as directed on the prescription label or on the packaging. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT use 2 doses at once.
FOR BEST RESULTS, this medicine should be used consistently. DO NOT STOP USING THIS MEDICINE without first checking with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include mild redness, pain, itching, or a lump at the injection site nausea or weakness. Some patients experience a reaction of flushing, chest tightness, and anxiety upon injection. This reaction normally occurs within minutes of an injection and lasts between 30 seconds and 15 minutes. If it continues or is bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience severe pain, redness, or swelling at injection site dizziness sweating hives chest pain or difficulty breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.