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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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A 32-year-old member asked:

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!
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of having multiple sclerosis? How common is it?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not uncommon: There are estimated to be 400,000 cases in USA, but I think figure is far higher. The incidence in my home state of Colorado is considered to be about 1/500-1/545, and prior statistics were about 1/900, so disease seems to be more often diagnosed these days.
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What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Symptoms of MS: There are primary symptoms and secondary symptoms. Primary symptoms are weakness, numbness, trouble with vision, lasting 24-48 hr. These are called attacks. Secondary symptoms are fatigue, tingling, changes in the mood, worse symptoms in hot weather. These can occur every day. These are just examples, the symptoms vary a lot from person to person.

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