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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

Dr. Mark Pack
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What new treatments are there for multiple sclerosis?

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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Are there any natural treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Not really: It might be a fond hope to find such, but, if one has ms, treatment with disease modifying items is very important, and, in most cases, the most potent drugs are best. You can improve outcomes with supplements of vitamin d-3, perhaps b complex, low fat diet, exercise, and stress management, but these approaches do not replace the medicines. ...Read more

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Are there any good alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Are there any good alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Really NONE: However, improve your outcomes, by using potent disease modifying agents, such as the newer orals, aubagio, gilenya, (fingolimod) tecfidera. Some otc approaches include, no smoking, vitamin d supplementation, aerobic exercise, low fat, low salt diets, stress management. ...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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Are there new treatments for psoriasis?

Are there new treatments for psoriasis?

Yes: The most recent are biological agents which reduce inflammation of the skin. These are generally used in moderate to severe psorisis (>20% skin involvemnt in patients that have failed two systemic treatments such as phototherapy and other oral agents such as methotrexate. ...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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Are there any holistic treatments that definitely work for multiple sclerosis?

Are there any holistic treatments that definitely work for multiple sclerosis?

Try these: There isn't yet a cure for ms in any form of medicine but good nutrition, yoga, acupuncture, graded exercise, relaxation and guided imagery can all be helpful to people with ms. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for a wegener's flare?

Yes: Rituxan (rituximab) has proven to be a very effective treatment for wegener's. I have been treating several patients with it for more than 4 years with excellent results. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for tuberous sclerosis?

What are some treatments for tuberous sclerosis?

Managed, not cured: Ts is a lifelong process whose treatment begins with recognition, education and monitoring through life. It can be quite mild with no long term effects, or be devastating.Related seizures & emergence of soft tissue "tubers" in the brain & major organs can create problems.Periodic ct scans & ultrasounds to monitor the organs are common.Coordinated efforts of local & specialty drs is a must. ...Read more

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Are there any cure or treatments for amyloid/multiple myeloma?

Are there any cure or treatments for amyloid/multiple myeloma?

Treatable, incurable: Amyloid/multiple myeloma in general are still incurable diseases. It is treatable and there are many different treatment available for amyloid/multiple myeloma which can prolonged survival. Please discuss further with your oncologist re- treatment options for you. See more at : www.Cancer.Gov or www.Cancer.Net or www.Nccn.Com. ...Read more

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What are new treatments for fibromyalgia?

What are new treatments for fibromyalgia?

A lot: People with fibromyalgia may benefit from medications like lyrica, gabapentin, savella, (milnacipran) cymbalta, elavil, nortriptyline, etc. Exercise has always been a mainstay to help with this disorder. Sometimes pool therapy is more helpful initially in this treatment algorithm. Correcting vitamin d deficiency can also be helpful. Improving sleep architecture and getting psych treatments also very helpful. ...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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Are there any new cures for muscular sclerosis?

Are there any new cures for muscular sclerosis?

?multiple sclerosis?: Not a new cure, but new medicines arriving rapidly, and disease control is at hand. The newest oral agent Aubagio has similar relapse potency to interferons, and may do better with disability. Bg-12 should be released any day soon, and lemtrada, a very potent agent may arrive in the fall. All suggests that we will focus on the newer agents in the future, making drugs such as Avonex (interferon beta 1a) obsolete. ...Read more

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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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Is there any treatment for cognitive impairment for multiple sclerosis?

Is there any treatment for cognitive impairment for multiple sclerosis?

You Bet There Is!!: First, you are better if taking a very potent ms medicine, such as tysabri (natalizumab) or gilenya, as "off label" both have shown ability to prevent brain atrophy, and improve fatigue and cognition. Second, have adequate levels of vit d, taking 5-10000 units daily. The traditional Alzheimer's meds do not help usually, but would consider a trial of 2 medical foods, axona, and cerefolin-nac, and ?Galantamine. ...Read more

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Are there new treatments for lymphogranuloma venereum?

Are there new treatments for lymphogranuloma venereum?

No need: We really don't need new treatments for lgv. It's a fairly uncommon infection that is easily treatable with doxycycline. Drainage of buboes or abscesses is sometimes required. ...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