There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis but there are several drugs and treatments that can slow its progress. These drugs are called disease-modifying and include:
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- Novantrone ()
- Plegridy (peg beta-1a)
- Rebif ( beta-1a)
- Tecfidera ( )
- Tysabri (natalizumab)
These drugs or medications can help the body suppress or alter the activity of MS on its immune system. While it is not certain, doctors and researchers believe that MS is an abnormal response of the immune system against the myelin that surrounds the nerves. They aim to change the way the immune system reacts to the disease.
While they do not cure the disease they certainly help to reduce the number of attacks and their severity that patients suffer from. They also hinder the development of any new lesions in the brain. By slowing down the disease, these medications can reduce disability both in the now and in the future. The medication doctors can offer MS patients help improve their quality of life and once a relapse of symptoms occur, most doctors will suggest a patient start taking any one of these drugs.
While not every patient will want to take medication for the rest of their lives, it will be a decision made by both you and your doctor. You should talk about side effects, benefits, how you take the medication, and how often you have to take it. Another thing you should discuss with your doctor is the cost of your chosen medication. While there is customer support and financial assistance for qualifying individuals, you should ensure that you can afford whichever drug you are taking.
Featured Image: DepositPhotos/ ZerborPosted on November 25, 2019