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Doctor insights on: Interferon Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

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Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Best multiple sclerosis medications?

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. ...Read more

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Interferon (Definition)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more


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What are promising new treatments for multiple sclerosis?

What are promising new treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Many: We have 12 drugs approved to treat MS, and more on the way. The newest are Tecfidera, Plegridy, and the most potent drug of all, Lemtrada. Coming are newer mono-clonal antibodies, a drug to restore myelin damage, and even some treatment for the progressive forms. ...Read more

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Is cortisone given for multiple sclerosis treatment?

Is cortisone given for multiple sclerosis treatment?

MS relapses: Steroids such as cortisone can be used to treat relapses, but should not be used chronically due to adverse event potential. These drugs should only be used briefly to reverse a flare. ...Read more

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What are common therapies for multiple sclerosis?

What are common therapies for multiple sclerosis?

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. ...Read more

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Is there treatment of multiple scelerosis desease?

Is there treatment of multiple scelerosis desease?

Yes: Nmss.Org msaa.Org there are several approved therapies. If you have been diagnosed with ms then surely the doctor who made the diagnosis has discussed this with you. ...Read more

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Can doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) treat multiple myeloma?

Can doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) treat multiple myeloma?

Yes: Yes, Doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) can be used to treat multiple myeloma. Discuss further in detail with your oncologist -whether the chemotherapy would be appropriate for your case. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis preventable?

Is multiple sclerosis preventable?

No: Population studies have suggest that mononucleosis in adolescence, smoking, and possibly childhood obesity are risks for developing ms. However ms is a complex variable disease requiring genetic predisposition along with some environmental trigger(s), possibly influenced by hormones, immune system priming from certain infectious agents. ...Read more

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Is primary progessive multiple sclerosis always fatal?

Is primary progessive multiple sclerosis always fatal?

Not necessarily : Ms has been said to shorten life span, and untreated this is correct, but several studies have supported normal life if appropriate potent meds are employed. Primary progressive ms does not respond well to the usual meds, and mostly symptomatic interventions are used. There are many research projects nowadays, and best to contact a medical school and get involved. ...Read more

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What new treatments are there for multiple sclerosis?

Define new...: First line therapies include: -interferon beta-1a (avonex) im once a week. -interferon beta-1a (rebif) sc three times a week. -interferon beta-1b (betaseron, extavia) sc every other day. -glatiramer acetate sc (copaxone) sc daily. Second line therapies include: -mitoxantrone (novantrone) IV q3months. -natalizumab (tysabri) IV q4weeks. -fingolimod (gilenya) PO daily. ...Read more

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How to cure multiple sclerosis ms?

NO cure: In medicine cure is not available for most common conditions control of symptoms and prevention of recurrence is possible in the majority of cases of ms. ...Read more

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What specialist treat multiple sclerosis?

Neurologist: A neurologist specializes in disorders of the brain, spinal cord and other neurological issues. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

Not usually: Ms is a chronic neurological condition, characterized by episodes of neurological disability of variable severity and recovery. A minority of inidividuals can have a very aggressive course, and become so disabled that they are at risk of secondary medical complications which may be fatal. There are subtypes of MS which are so aggressive that a fatal outcome can happen. Fortunately these are rare. ...Read more

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What's the present mortality rate of multiple sclerosi. Are there surgical options for multiple sclerosis?

What's the present mortality rate of multiple sclerosi. Are there surgical options for multiple sclerosis?

Two questions: 1. There is no surgical process that will beneficially help ms, other than possibly deep brain stimulation to control cerebellar tremors. 2. If treated with a potent medication, the lifespan should be similar to a patient without ms. 3. Forget this business with surgery to veins draining from the brain, it is life-threatening and does not work. ...Read more

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What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

Variable: Please consult this site for information on early symptoms of MS http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Is there any permanent treatment for multiple sclerosis??

Is there any permanent treatment for multiple sclerosis??

All are permanent: all treatments for MS are not curative, in order to stop or slow down the progression of the disease, you have to take them indefnitely. I hope this answers your question, not sure what you mean by permanent. If you mean that the treatments "permanently" stop progression, only possibly if you keep using them. I like tysabri (natalizumab) despite the side effects. I see MS lesions literally disappear. ...Read more

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How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

Detective Work: No one diagnostic study can stand alone to conclusively diagnose ms. A neurologist must be a detective, hunting out clues from symptoms suggesting abnormal function in the brain or spinal cord white matter, of appropriate duration (greater than 24 hours) coupled with abnormalities on examination. Mri, spinal fluid, and certain blood tests. This information can help exclude MS mimickers. ...Read more

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What types of treatment exist for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

What types of treatment exist for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?

"Many": Myeloma and other plasma cell dyscrasia treatments has evolved from standard cytotoxic approaches (eg mp, vad, hypercvad) to "novel" therapies. Immunomodulatory drugs (imids) - eg thalidomide, lenalolidomide, pomalidomide proteasome inhibitors - eg, bortezomib, carfilzomib, etc other: hsp90 inhibitors, hdaci, b-raf, etc. Over the last few years multiple new drugs have been approved for myeloma. ...Read more

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What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

Several potentials: Cadasil, lupus, arteritis, clippers, pernicious anemia, cervical spondylosis, lyme disease, CNS lymphoma, sjogren's, melas. If you get the point, ms may be hard to diagnose, and often need to exclude other explanations. Patterns may or may not be different, and sometimes it is important to get testing and even several opinions. ...Read more

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Could you cure multiple sclerosis?

No cure at this time: It is difficult to develop a cure when the cause of a condition is not fully understood. There seem to be several factors that contribute to the development of MS but there is no ONE gene or ONE virus that has been implicated as a direct cause. Rather, the interaction of genetic susceptibility and infectous and/or environmental factors seem to result in dysregulation of the immune system. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Complex: Multiple sclerosis is an issue of genetic susceptibility, not the usual heredity, and risk runs about 3-5% if mother has it, 1-2% if father has it. But without specific environmental triggers, the disease will be unlikely to manifest. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more