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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


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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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I was wondering what are some therapies for multiple sclerosis?

I was wondering what are some therapies for multiple sclerosis?

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! ...Read more

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In cases of multiple sclerosis, what injection therapy seems to be the most effective?

In cases of multiple sclerosis, what injection therapy seems to be the most effective?

Why inject?: Most potent on the market is tysabri, (natalizumab) infused via vein once monthly. Orals in order, gilenya, then tecfidera, then aubagio(equivalent to rebif). Injectables are far less potent, best maybe Betaseron or rebif, with Copaxone close behind, and Avonex the least potent of all. Granted, more potent, more risk, but better outcome. ...Read more

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Was curious as to where can you get stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis?

Was curious as to where can you get stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis?

Only in research: We are in the infancy of this approach, but a few medical centers are looking at this and if interested, contact a nearby medical school or the national institutes of health. ...Read more

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Treatment of multiple sclerosis is for life or temporary taking s.c injection of betaferon?

Need chronically: Some advice, there are pills available, but where you live, might be tough to get. Nonetheless, do not miss your injections, and add Vitamin D-3 about 5000-10000 units per day. We do not have a clear idea when to stop the MS meds, and in those older patients who I have stopped, a few have had relapses. Stay tuned, drugs to be used differently are on the horizon. (even Lemtrada) ...Read more

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What exactly is multiple sclerosis? What is the usual prognosis and what is the treatment?

What exactly is multiple sclerosis? What is the usual prognosis and what is the treatment?

Autoimmune: Ms is a disease where the immune system attacks the coverings of nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Susceptibility due to heredity and environment seem to affect who gets afflicted. The prognosis is improving dramatically these days due to new medicines. Therapies include tysabri, (natalizumab) gilenya, copaxone, betaseron, rebith, extavia, etc. ...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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How is the treatment for multiple sclerosis? Will my tinnitus (caused by multiple sclerosis) go away after i treat it?

Hard to predict.: If you have Multiple Sclerosis, you should be using specific MS medication, and do NOT understand why you are using ginkgo, which is totally useless for any neurological disease. Tinnitus may be due to inner ear issue and best to evaluate using audiological/ otological testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

Multiple sclerosis is 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


Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more