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A 37-year-old male asked:

What is the best treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 34 years experience
No unique answer: MS has many forms, many phases, individuals respond in all sorts of different and at times unpredictable ways so there is no BEST drug to tell you about. Latest research suggests the use of interferons and immunomodulating drugs is what best manages this disease. Unfortunately, there are plenty of problems with that approach but your doctor will discuss all the options with you.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Potent meds: The most effective drugs include Lemtrada, Ocrevus, Rituxan, & Tysabri, with lesser potency using Gilenya, then Tecfidera. The archaic interferons really should have little if any treatment roles these days, but Copaxone still of value in young females wishing a family. Diet and exercise may be useful.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Best multiple sclerosis medications?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 59 years experience
Interferons ? : There is no best medication , some would suit the patient better than others but interferons are the most widely used for prevention of attacks.
A 25-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and its treatment

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Dr. Fraser Henderson
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Altered vision sensa: MS usually presents with neurological deficit‘s separated in space and time. Typically there may be changes in vision that come and go, dizziness, numbness on one side of the body or one lemon, change in gate, possibly decreased coordination. Again these deficits tend to get worse and then resolve and often go away. The neurologic deficit‘s occur in different parts of the body .Need an MRI brain
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Getting exciting: Original meds included self-injectables, such as betaseron, avonex, compaxone, and rebith. Later, tysabri (natalizumab) infusions, and 2 oral meds, Gilenya and aubagio. We now know that vitamin d supplements provide added benefit. No one med fits all, but most effective drugs currently are Gilenya and tysabri (natalizumab), and these work best of the current crop.
Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 27 years experience
I agree with all above. In general the medicines "calm down" or "downregulate" the immune system, since multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease. The injectible agents--except for Copaxone--are all interferons. The newest med that was just approved is called Tecfidera.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is cortisone given for multiple sclerosis treatment?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Often steroids are useful for inflammatory illnesses like ms.

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