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I was wondering what are some therapies for multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 36 years experience
Immunomod/supp Rx: The current therapies are broken down into the platform drugs- abcr (avonex, betaseron, copaxone, rebif) and the newer agents which are more immunosuppressive such as tysabri (natalizumab) and gilenya. 2 new oral agents (tecfidera and aubagio) have not been on the market long enough to see if they too can cause opportunistic infections. I hope this helps but please discuss with your neurologist. Be well!
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Several now: Historically, injectable interferons, such as Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif, Copaxone, largely being replaced by Tysabri (natalizumab), (natalizumab) Tecfidera, Aubagio, Gilenya. Vitamin D supplements and low salt/low fat diet may help. Smoking must be stopped. Most potent drugs are Tysabri (natalizumab) and Gilenya, followed by Tecfidera, Aubagio, Copaxone 40, and the rest.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are common therapies for multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
History: Originally, used interferons, such as Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif; and Copaxone. But these are of very mediocre benefit. Tysabri (natalizumab) and Gilenya seem very effective, but now we have Lemtrada, the most potent of all, but very risky. Two other oral agents might be considered, Aubagio and Tecfidera. Plegridy just arrived, but in my opinion is just an updated Avonex. The TIW Copaxone form is easy to use.

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