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What Is Glatiramer Used For?

How Does Glatiramer Work?

At this time, it is not fully understood how glatiramer works to treat multiple sclerosis. Although the exact causes of MS are not known, it is often considered to be an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the protective coating around nerve fibers. It is thought that glatiramer may work by limiting this immune system response, decreasing the damage to the nerves.
Because the drug is a delicate molecule, it would be broken down and destroyed by the digestive system if taken by mouth. For this reason, glatiramer must be injected to bypass the digestive tract.

Is Glatiramer Used in Children and Teens?

Glatiramer is not approved for individuals under 18 years of age. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children or teens.

Is Glatiramer Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend glatiramer for treating something other than relapsing-remitting MS. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, using the drug to treat other types of MS is considered an off-label glatiramer use.
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