Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective lining of the nerves. The damaged nerve lining interrupts communication between the brain and the body. The nerves themselves may also become irreversibly damaged. Signs and symptoms will vary in severity depending on the location of the affected nerve fibers. Common symptoms include numbness, weakness, tingling or pain, tremors, fatigue, dizziness, and vision loss. For most patients symptoms develop over a period of time and then improve partially or completely.
- Medications and physical therapy can help relieve symptoms, speed up recovery from attacks, and affect disease progression. Certain medications may even reduce relapse rate and slow down the progression of the disease. These include both biologic injectable medicines and newer oral agents. These work by limiting the destruction of the nerve lining by the immune system.
- Novel Oral Medications
• Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) – Tecfidera Website
• Gilenya (fingolimod) – Gilenya Website
• Aubagio (teriflunomide) – Aubagio Website
- Biologic and Injectable Medications
• Beta interferonso Avonex – Avonex Website
o Betaseron – Betaseron Website
o Extavia – Extavia Website
o Plegridy – Plegridy Website
o Rebif – Rebif Website
• Copaxone (glatiramer) – Copaxone Website
- Helpful Links:
• National Multiple Sclerosis Society
• Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
• MS One to One
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