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Would you agree with a recommendation to discontinue betaseron (interferon beta 1b) for a patient with secondary progressive ms, who no longer experiences relapses.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Yes: The american academy of neurology has issued an about lack of value of interferons and Copaxone in the treatment of secondary progressive ms, so not worthwhile to continue. However, there are newer oral meds, especially gilenya, (fingolimod) which may have promise with spms. Research studies may be available. Do monitor your vitamin d intake, and get about 5-10, 000 units daily.

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Last updated Jun 24, 2014

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