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CinnoMer (glatiramer acetate)
Injection: 40 mg per mL in a single-dose, prefilled syringe
CinnoMer (glatiramer acetate)
CinnoMer is a combination of four amino acids (proteins) that affect the immune system
What is CinnoMer used for?
CinnoMer is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and to prevent relapse of MS.
CinnoMer will not cure MS, but it can make relapses occur less often.
CinnoMer may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I know BEFORE taking CinnoMer?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to CinnoMer or to mannitol.
To make sure CinnoMer is safe for you, tell your doctor about your other medical conditions.
FDA pregnancy category B. CinnoMer is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether CinnoMer passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take CinnoMer?
Use CinnoMer exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
CinnoMer is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash and dry your hands before preparing the syringe and giving the injection.
Use a different place on your body each time you give yourself an injection. Your doctor will show you the places on your body where you can safely inject the medication. Do not inject CinnoMer into the same place two times within 1 week.
CinnoMer prefilled syringes are for a single use only. Throw away the vials or syringes after each injection.
Store the prefilled syringes and vials (bottles) of CinnoMer in the refrigerator. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.
Before using the prefilled syringe, take it out of the refrigerator and let it warm at room temperature for 20 minutes. Do not warm the medication in a microwave or hot water. Do not remove air bubbles from the prefilled syringe or you may accidentally remove a small amount of the medicine.
You may also store CinnoMer at room temperature, away from moisture, light, and high heat.
Do not use CinnoMer if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medication.
Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Do not stop using CinnoMer without first talking with your doctor.
What should I know, while taking CinnoMer?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel anxious, warm, itchy, tingly, or have a pounding heartbeat, tightness in your throat, or trouble breathing. This type of reaction may occur even after you have been using CinnoMer for several months.
Common side effects include:
redness, minor pain, itching, swelling, a lump, or skin changes where the injection was given.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Although these events were not controlled, pregnancy occurred in three women during a clinical trial of CinnoMer, and two of these women elected to discontinue therapy and subsequently delivered normal infants. The length of time that CinnoMer was used after conception was not reported. One woman chose to have a therapeutic abortion and continued the study.
CinnoMer has been assigned to pregnancy category B by the FDA. Animal studies failed to reveal teratogenic effects. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. CinnoMer should only be given during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.
Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
You should consult your healthcare provider for breastfeeding advice related to your particular situation.
How should I store CinnoMer?
Store CinnoMer in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Do not use CinnoMer if it has been frozen; throw it away. CinnoMer may be stored between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) for up to 1 month. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep CinnoMer out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. Specific symptoms can include double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, trouble with sensation, or trouble with coordination. MS takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive forms). Between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely; however, permanent neurological problems often remain, especially as the disease advances.