Ok, I was completely wigging out about the idea of taking Copaxone. I read through all the negative topics in here & I just wanted to post a positive post for those getting ready to start.
I've only been on it 3 days, so I am certainly not an expert
I downloaded the rotation chart off their website & I plan to use those every month. I have so far injected in my belly, thigh & love handle. I'm afraid to do my arms. I am keeping 3 syringes at a time at room temp in a dresser drawer so I don't need to wait for them to warm up.
I put it under my arm while I prep my site with alchohol.
I don't use an autojet & I push the needle in as deep as it will go (I am 5'6 & 115 pounds & I can still pinch plenty to get it in deep) I go in at a slight angle because I am thin. Then I hold mild pressure on it for a minute. Now here is the only negative thing. It burns. Boy it really does burn! Let's say it really gets you attention. That burning lasted for me about 15 minutes. I did not ice the spot, rub it or put any medication on it.
I do get a welt. It lasts for 1 day then it's gone.
I have had absolutely zero side effects from the shots.
I hope this encourages those just starting. I know I still have a good chance of an injection reaction & skin problems, but I'm feeling pretty good about choosing Copaxone at the moment. (hopefully my opinion doesn't change!)