dalfampridine, Ampyra

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The Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

GENERIC NAME: dalfampridine

BRAND NAME: Ampyra

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ampyra is an oral medication used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS). Its exact mechanism of action is unknown, but it is known to block movement of potassium between nerve cells. In animal studies Ampyra increased the conduction of nerve signals. The FDA approved Ampyra in December 1987.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Ampyra is used to improve walking in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effect of Ampyra is urinary tract infections.

Other common side effects include:

Serious side effects of Ampyra include:

People with a history of seizures should not use Ampyra.

Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing; itching, and swelling of the throat or tongue.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2015

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