Starting Copaxone - What is best time of day to inject?

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Starting Copaxone - What is best time of day to inject?

Postby Lo » Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:21 am

I'm starting Copaxone Thursday and have read different opinions about whether it is better to inject at night or in the morning. I know everyone is different, but I am interested in what works best for you and why.
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Postby patientx » Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:53 am

I do mine at night, mainly because I'm not so much of a morning person, and it always seems I'm in a rush to get to work. The other reason I started doing them at night, is in case I get the IPIR. (Note, in one and half years of injecting, I have not experienced this). If it did happen, I figured it would be better to deal with this when I'm not getting ready to rush off to work.

But, I can see advantages to doing it in the morning. One is you don't have to worry about the injection if you're out on the town.
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Postby Needled » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:03 am

I also do mine at night. Like PX, I don't have time in the morning. And plus some of the sites are a little tender or sore and my work clothes aren't as comfortable. But I would love to do it in the morning and get it out of the way for the day.

PS: PX, I read your other Copaxone post and just haven't responded yet. But I will.
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Thanks for the reply

Postby Lo » Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:46 pm

I think I will try nightime first. The idea of an IPIR alone in the AM (my husband leaves for work very early) scares me. I had not though about the clothes feeling uncomfortable - very good input! Thanks.
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Postby Wonderfulworld » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:50 pm

Morning works best for me. I felt when I did it in the evening it was kind of hanging over me all day....'have to do injection later'.............now I take it just after my breakfast and then I feel freer for the day. I have only had a few IPIR's in my 7 years on Copaxone, and I only got them when the needle depth was set too deep.
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Postby globab » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:21 am

i am on copaxone.... and not sure what IPIR stands for.. i am thinking the heart attack feeling......
i have been on copaxone for a few months, and i had one episode of the heart attack feeling... it was scary..... and i used to take my injection at lunch when i got home from work, i was alone.....
however after my episode, i dont take it alone, so i wait until evening when dh or my son is home......
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Re: Starting Copaxone - What is best time of day to inject?

Postby NHE » Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:51 am

globab wrote:i am on copaxone.... and not sure what IPIR stands for.. i am thinking the heart attack feeling...


IPIR = Immediate Post Injection Reaction. A Google search brings up lots of hits. It's also been discussed here on the forums quite a bit.



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