Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) - FDA approved

    * daily subcutaneous injection

    * noninterferon, probably safest medication for MS

    * skin redness, itching, and dimpling common

    * for relapsing-remitting MS and first symptom MS

    * reduces relapse rate

    * improvement on MRI activity

    * takes 6-12 months to be most effective

    * extremely safe

    * side effects: injection site reactions such as

       swelling, redness, pain

    * approved in 1996


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