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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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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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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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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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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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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 is the treatment for multiple sclerosis?

What is the treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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. ...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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What are the causes, effects, treatment of multiple sclerosis?

Complex : We do not know the exact cause of this autoimmune disease that attacks brain and spinal cord, but do find that both heredity and environment play roles in susceptibility. We are gaining new medicines which are far more potent (altho maybe risky), which can control the disease far better. The most potent available include tysabri (natalizumab) and gilenya. No cure yet, but stay tuned, it is close. ...Read more

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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

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