Life with MS & EDS

March 23, 2009

Copaxone Injection Sites

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UPDATE: Last night I went to do my injection and pulled up my graphic to check something.  That’s when I realized I made a mistake.  Sorry!!!  It makes more sense to have the hip part of the diagram above the buttocks part, so that it is ordered like ones body!  I flipped that part of the drawing around and corrected the rotation week where the shots are close together (that would be week #7.)  Please see the new chart below.


Wendy sent me a bunch of very useful images regarding Copaxone Injection sites.  (Thanks, Wendy!!)  I thought you may also find them useful.  Before I get to those, I’ve included the injection location diagram that I created for myself.  My goal was to minimize the times injections were given within one spot of each other.  I think it’s important to not only rotate shot locations, but also to spread out the places where shots are given within any particular location.  You’ll see that the only times I have shots next to each other are rotations 2 and 3 in the arms and the #7 spot rotations  for the hip and tush.  For rotation #7 for the hip and bottom, I’m very careful to make sure there’s distance between them.  This is when my easy bruising comes in handy because I just ask my husband to look at my butt to help me find a spot (here’s another time when that weirdness of MS comes into play and talking about my bottom is nowhere near sexual!)

Ivy's Copaxone Injection Rotations

Ivy's Copaxone Injection Rotations

Now here are the images Wendy shared:

Copaxone injection site schedule

Copaxone injection site schedule

Copaxone Injection Sites - Body Illustration

Copaxone Injection Sites - Body Illustration

Copaxone Iinjection Sites - Rotation Schedule

Copaxone Injection Sites - Rotation Schedule

And some useful reminders:

Copaxone - Useful Reminders

Copaxone - Useful Reminders

One reminder I’d add to this list is to try to stay further out than 3 inches from the butt-crack (I’m sure there’s a better way to say that, so pardon the phrase.)  It’s important to stay away from the nerves there.



  1. Would you be able to forward a jpeg copy of your injection rotation diagram to me? I have been looking for something like this and I really like your schedule.

    Comment by jlbb_1 — May 13, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

  2. Sure! I just need to save it as a jpg and will send it your way. I’ve been playing around with a better rotation cycle that spreads the hip and tush shots further apart. I jotted it down on scrap paper and just need to find it so that I can post an update. I hope to locate it soon! (I think it’s time to organize my office….)

    Comment by mseds — May 14, 2009 @ 7:44 am

  3. Thanks – I didn’t know you could inject your butt cheeks too. I thought it was just hips. That might save an arm shot or two 🙂

    Comment by jlbb_1 — May 14, 2009 @ 10:06 am

  4. I posted a link to these on the “Patients Like Me Site” – hope that’s OK…

    Comment by jlbb_1 — May 14, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

  5. Sure, no problem! Thanks for posting it there. I posted an update just a moment ago and will get you both images today.

    Comment by mseds — May 14, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  6. My nurse started me on a Saturday so my day of week starts L. arm. The same 1 – 7 order.

    I also inject thighs further to the outside. (It’s more padded than the front of my thighs).

    I alternate my belly = L. side, R. side.

    Comment by Nancy — March 6, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  7. Hi Nancy! It’s great that you found a way to make thighs work. I abandoned them almost from the start. Now that I am on Rebif, I’ve changed things up a bit. I do left side of my body one week and right the next, so I split the tummy shots now, too. I really need to post an updated shot diagram that works well for Rebif. I hope to get to that at some time soon.

    Comment by mseds — March 6, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  8. I didn’t know we could use our butts as an injection site! Also, the Shared Solutions nurse told me that I could use the sides of my thighs, almost around to the back. They work much better than the front of the thighs.

    Could someone confirm that we can use the butt too?


    Comment by Alex — August 18, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  9. where at on the arm do you inject? I did the back of my arm once and it hurt for a couple of days and i didnt like that feeling. Please let me know if there is other locations on the arm where i can inject

    Comment by eric floyd — December 29, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  10. I know it’s not what they tell you to do, but a visiting nurse showed me a better spot. Here’s what I do for my arms. I sit on the floor and rest my hand (flat, not on its side) on the sofa’s arm. Any position where you can put your arm straight out and rest it on something would work. That lovely flabby area that hangs down is where I inject, to the inside of where muscle would be. I just feel around a bit to make sure I have a very soft spot. Those are the least painful injection sites for me. It’s also an easy spot to hold the heat pack after the shot since you can just put it under your arm.

    I hope you have better luck with arm shots soon! I agree that the back of the arm really hurts. I find that to be an awkward spot to try to reach, too. Good luck!

    Comment by mseds — December 29, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

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  12. I take copaxone and the butt is not one of the areas you inject into.

    Comment by Kellie — May 22, 2017 @ 10:18 am

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