Can I take tamiflu if im on MS drug tysabri (natalizumab)?

Yes, but see below. We have good evidence that flu vaccines with dead viruses are effective with tysabri (natalizumab).. Tamiflu is an antiviral med that may alleviate some of flu symptoms and shorten duration, and would be unlikely to cause problems with tysabri (natalizumab). Might be wiser, though, to get a flu shot, and avoid nasal vaccine, as it is a live attenuated virus and adds risk.

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I'm only 24, and tysabri (natalizumab) has been my miracle drug for ms. But, I've just tested positive for the jc virus. Do I continue? What is next best options?

See your expert. You need to see an expert given the serious importance of the medications, the diagnoses and the consequences of making any changes based upon a lab study. Read more...
Statistical risks. Tysabri (natalizumab) is a marvelous drug, but has caused over 400 cases of a serious disease called pml. Typically, even with positive blood testing, the disease is not present until about 24 months, and with blood test positivity, the maximum risk would be one in 90. Need to carefully decide options, but many of our patients switch to gilenya, if there is concern about future pml. Read more...
A matter for your MD. Good question. Is it safe to continue Tysabri (natalizumab) if blood testing for JC is positive? Yes, sometimes. Are there alternative treatments to Tysabri (natalizumab)? Yes, there are good alternatives. The alternatives for you depend a bit on your personal history, such as what worked, and what did not, and perhaps why. Another question is whether confirmatory testing for JC is needed. Hope that helps! Read more...

What are the benefits of tysabri (natalizumab) v. Other MS drugs?

Hard to answer. Tysabri (natalizumab) is a potentially effective treatment for MS but your question would be difficult to answer. Tysabri (natalizumab) is approved for the treatment of aggresive or refractory MS where other equally effective medications have not worked. This is because of a possibly fatal side effect called pml which may cause more damage than the disease. Use requires an experienced doctor and close monitoring. Read more...
Monthly injection. Tysabri (natalizumab) is dosed once a month, has fewer side effects day to day, but a big risk of a potentially fatal brain infection with jc virus. Many patients have been exposed to jc virus. Testing for the virus exposure is available, and if negative the risk of tysabri (natalizumab) is much lower. Read more...
Efficacy. Tysabri (natalizumab) is most potent, followed by Gilenya, Tecfidera, Copaxone 40 TIW, Rebif, Aubagio, with equal value of Betaseron, Extavia, Copaxone 20 QD, and last on list is Avonex, least potent. Read more...

I have MS and am currently on tysabri (natalizumab) (monthly infusion).Am I able to take clenbuterol? I have been on this before I had ms. Tysabri (natalizumab) and clenbuterol ok?

Not a problem. Clenbuterol is a powerful bronchodilator, and will unlikely have any adverse interaction with a drug which affects lymphocyte trafficking across the brain blood barrier. In ms, we consider part of the focus to involve th-1 cells, but in asthma, this is more of a th-2 process. Complex, but do not worry, you can use your medication. Read more...

How bad of rebound should I expect quiting tysabri (natalizumab) infusions due to several MS relapses attacking brain and stem. Can't take new meds due to health?

Need more info. Your question is complicated and the answer must come from your treating physician who knows your complete medical history. Read more...
Better analyze. Do not understand why if you have MS, it cannot be treated with medications, as there are 9 choices. If you stop Tysabri, (natalizumab) you are virtually guaranteed a relapse by 3-4 months, and even a severe rebound is possible, if a new medication is NOT started. You are about to engage in highly risky behavior. One caveat, are you sure that you have MS and not something else, such as Neuromyeilits Optica? Read more...

Is tysabri (natalizumab) a treatment for ms?

Yes. As far as i know, this is the only use for it. Read more...
Yes. This is a monoclonal antibody, infused once monthly, and is the currently most potent medication on the market for MS. In several cases, a deadly infection called PML has occurred with pts taking this medication, but blood tests can predict risk, and if positive can prompt the discontinuation of Tysabri (natalizumab).. Drug can be used early or late, but is approved for first line. Read more...

What percentage of MS patients are on tysabri (natalizumab)? Is there a big chance of bad side effects?

See answer below. The percentage of patients on tysabri (natalizumab) vary from clinic to clinic. Tysabri (natalizumab) is usually reserved for use as a second line therapy. It is however the best available treatment for ms patients today (6/23/12). The main side effect you will hear about is pml. The risk for development of pml depends on duration of tysabri (natalizumab) treatment, prior exposure to immunosuppressant therapies and jc virus status. Read more...
Answer continues... If, you have tested negative for jc virus antibodies, your chance of getting pml is around 0.09/1, 000. On the other hand, if you have tested positive for jc virus antibodies, have been on tysabri (natalizumab) therapy for over two years and have prior exposure to immunosuppressant therapies, such as azathioprine, methotrexate, micophenolate, Cyclophosphamide or mitoxantrone, your risk becomes 11.1/1000. Read more...
See below. Not clear to me as to percentage of the various agents, but figures from Biogen suggest over 100,000 worldwide patents and at least 450 cases of PML. This can be managed readily by a risk factor blood test, called the anti-JCV antibody index. Risk of PML runs from 1in 90 to 1 in 40,000. Risk increases with prior use of immunosuppressant agent, Tysabri (natalizumab) >2yrs, positive blood test. Read more...

Is it normal for someone just told they had MS to be put on tysabri (natalizumab) before other treatment?

Can Be. Depends on the individual's particular circumstances. Tysabri (natalizumab) can actually eliminate MS lesions in the central nervous system. Read more...
My opinion. Tysabri (natalizumab) has an FDA indication for first line use, and if a patient has quite active MS, I believe it is foolhardy to use less effective medications to start and then scale up after damage has become permanent. The first 5 yrs seem most critical in the quest to stabilize MS. Read more...

I fired nuero. Can anyone tell me how bad of rebound to expect with MS coming off of tysabri (natalizumab) infusion w/o meds. Health want allow them. See profile?

New provider. With ms you should be under the care of a doctor. Okay to change doctors. While you are looking for your next ms provider/neurologist okay to ask your regular doc for referral, call your local ms foundation and ask for referrals. You have options. Be well. Read more...
SOME ADVICE. With chronic ms, you need a neurologist who is experienced, focuses in the area, but also, who you can trust and communicate with. If you stop tysabri (natalizumab) abruptly, you have about 3 months prior to problems, which may involve relapse, but in our experience, more likely nasty rebound if a new drug such as gilenya, is not started immediately. Contact local ms society, as you need support. Read more...