Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis

Treatments

Non-drug

Prescription Drugs

Aubagio (Teriflunomide) Avonex (Interferon beta-1a) Avonex pen (Interferon beta-1a) Copaxone (Glatiramer) Gilenya (Fingolimod) Plegridy (Peginterferon beta-1a) Rebif (Interferon beta-1a) Tecfidera (Dimethyl fumarate)

Over-the-counter Drugs

What Leading Medical Organizations Recommend When Treating Multiple Sclerosis

WHAT TO TRY FIRST

The Multiple Sclerosis Coalition highlights importance of starting treatment with an FDA-approved drug as soon as possible following diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.  Choice of initial therapy is complex and patients should work with a specialist.  Options include injected therapies (such as interferon beta, glatiramer), pills (such as dimethyl fumarate) or infusions (natalizumab).

WHAT ELSE TO TRY

  • Exercise (especially aerobics, balance and stretching)
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness-based training
  • Don't smoke - it may increase progression of disease

SOURCES

National institute for Health and Care Excellence.  Multiple sclerosis: management of multiple sclerosis in primary and secondary care. NICE guidelines [CG186]. Published 2014.
MS CoalitionThe use of disease-modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis:  Principles and current evidence. Published March 2015.