Multiple Sclerosis - Treatment

Not ready to share? Read other Patient Comments

What treatment have you had for multiple sclerosis?

Share your story with others:

MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.Patient Comments FAQs

Enter your Comment

Tell us a bit about your background to make your comments more useful to other MedicineNet users. (Optional)

Screen Name: *

Gender of Patient: Male Female

Age Range of Patient:

I am a: Patient Caregiver


* Screen Name will appear next to the published comment. Please do not include your full name or email address.

By submitting your comment, and other materials (collectively referred to as a "Submission") to MedicineNet, you grant MedicineNet permission to use, copy, transmit, publish, display, edit and modify your Submission in connection with its Web site. MedicineNet will not pay you for your Submission. You represent that you have all rights necessary for MedicineNet to use your Submission as set forth above.

Please keep these guidelines in mind when writing your comment:

  • Please make sure you address the question asked.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of comments received, not all comments will be published.
  • When selecting comments to publish, our staff will choose those that are educational and complement the topic. Please try to stay on topic.
  • Your comment may be edited. We would typically edit comments to make them clearer and more readable. We will remove personal information such as last names, email and web addresses, and other potentially harmful information.
  • We will not notify you if your comment has been published. We suggest that you check back on the topic article regularly.
  • We do not provide medical or healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis.

Thank you for participating!


I have read and agree to abide by the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and the MedicineNet Privacy Policy (required).

To prevent our systems from spam, please complete the following prior to submitting your comment.

Please select the white circle:

What is the treatment of multiple sclerosis?

Many factors go into consideration for the treatment of a patient who has multiple sclerosis. During an acute exacerbation, steroids given through an IV are commonly prescribed, and often help patients recover more rapidly. If a patient cannot receive steroids, plasma exchange can be used.

Once a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has been confirmed, disease-modifying therapy is often recommended. This therapy can decrease the number of exacerbations that a patient experiences; often, the exacerbation may not be as severe when a disease-modifying therapy has been used. In addition, many of these therapies have been shown to decrease the potential for developing long-term disability.

Interferon therapies (Avonex, Betaseron, Extavia, Rebif) must be given by an injection. The frequency of injections ranges from every other day to weekly. Some patients develop flu-like symptoms following each injection; other patients may develop severe depression.

Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) works along a different path than the interferons, but is still thought to modify the immune system and has been shown to reduce relapses.

Natalizumab (Tysabri) is a monoclonal antibody, and has been approved for patients who have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Because of significant side effects, including the risk of severe brain infection, it is typically used for patients who have failed to respond to one of the interferon products or who have been diagnosed with very active disease.

There are some oral medications which have been approved to treat multiple sclerosis, including fingolimod (Gilenya) and teriflunomide (Aubagio). Although these medications are dosed orally, there is a risk of significant side effects, including heart disease (fingolimod) or severe liver injury (teriflunomide).

Mitoxantrone (Novantrone) is a chemotherapy agent for leukemia or prostate cancer which has been shown to be of benefit in treating secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis, progressive-relapsing multiple sclerosis, and advanced relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Of note, Mitoxantrone and Betaseron are the only medications identified to help patients with relapsing-primary multiple sclerosis.

In addition to treating multiple sclerosis itself, many symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis, including spasticity, fatigue, memory loss, urinary frequency, pain, erectile dysfunction, and others, can be successfully treated by approved medications. It is important for patients to have an ongoing dialogue with their physician to describe any residual difficulty or symptoms following an exacerbation so that these symptoms can be addressed and treated.

A new medication, dalfampridine (Ampyra), has been approved to specifically help with walking problems caused by multiple sclerosis. The specific way in which this medication works is unknown. There is a risk that this medication may cause seizures, even in patients without a history of seizure or epilepsy. As such, the use of this medication needs to be monitored carefully.

Return to Multiple Sclerosis

See what others are saying

Comment from: aliblu2888, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I was told 10 years ago I had multiple sclerosis (MS) and that I would be in a wheel chair in 10 years. Well I"m not. I think a lot has to do with staying busy. I do this around the house and yard, take family/friend places, also a lot has to do with the medicine I take (injections 3 times a week), Rebif.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Nini, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 21

My 42 year old daughter was diagnosed with the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis (MS) 10 years ago. During the interview back then, it was suggested that she probably was first affected during college in 1990 when she suffered from hypothermia. Fast forward to some 5 months ago, Gilenya was discontinued by her insurance [she was never notified]; when she contacted the medical center, she was told her neurologist was no longer there and she was scheduled for an appointment April 29th 2014! About February 26th, she started the mother of all relapses, and still suffers from every possible symptom, but for memory loss [so far]. She was prescribed Copaxone and is on her 2nd week of medications. Sadly, this medicine has no impact on her current relapse. I am hoping and waiting. She has a wonderful new neurologist and we await any sign of improvement.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

STAY INFORMED

Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!