ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Diseases, Disorders & Conditions

Multiple Sclerosis Drugs

Updated on August 28, 2010

Drug Treatment for MS


Numerous drugs have been demonstrated to slow the progression of MS in a few people.

These are called the illness modifying drugs. They include : * Avonex ( interferon beta-1a ) * Betaseron ( interferon beta-1b ) * Copaxone ( glatiramer acetate ) * Novantrone ( mitoxantrone ) * Rebif ( interferon beta-1a ) * Tysabri ( natalizumab )




How Do These Drugs Work?


All these drugs work by suppressing, or changing, the activity of the body's immunity mechanism. So , these treatments are based totally on the theory that MS is, at least in part, a consequence of an unnatural reply of the body's immunity mechanism that leads it to attack the myelin surrounding nerves.

Do the Drugs Cure MS?

  These medicines don't cure MS, but they do scale back the frequency and seriousness of attacks and the development of new brain wounds. Additionally, they slow down the progression of MS, reducing future incapacity. These drugs can improve the standard of life for many of us with MS. most doctors suggest that treatment with one of those drugs be started in the majority as quickly as a diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS has been made.

Is Drug Treatment Right for Me?

  The choice concerning whether or when to start treatment with one of those medicines is ideally made by you and your medical practicioner.

Factors that should be considered include potential side-effects, benefits, frequency, system of medicine delivery, and your private concerns, concerns and way of life. The most significant goal is to get a treatment you may use easily and consistently. Each drug firm offers buyer support and might also provide some financial help for qualifying people without prescription drug coverage.

Information about the most utilized MS drugs.



Avonex ( interferon beta-1a )

Use : Treatment of relapsing kinds of MS, and to treat after a primary episode of soreness. How administered : Intramuscular ( into the muscle ) injection

Frequency of use : Weekly

Common side-effects : Mild flu-like symptoms

Support Program: MS Active Source 1-800-456-2255

Betaseron ( interferon beta-1b ) Use : Treatment of relapsing kinds of MS

How administered : Subcutaneous ( beneath the skin ) injection

Frequency of use : Each other day

Common side-effects : Mild flu-like symptoms

Support Program: MS Pathways 1-800-788-1467

Copaxone ( glatiramer acetate ) Use : Treatment of relapsing-remitting MS

How administered : Subcutaneous ( beneath the skin ) injection

Frequency of use : Daily Common side-effects : Possible reaction at the injection site

Support Program : Shared Solutions 1-800-887-8100

Novantrone ( mitoxantrone ) Use : Treatment of speedily worsening relapsing-remitting MS and for progressive-relapsing or secondary-progressive sorts of MS

How administered : Intravenous ( by vein )

Frequency of use : Once each three months or 4 times each year.

Maximum dose 8-12 doses

Common side effects:Nausea, hair thinning, reduced white blood cell count

Support Program : MS LifeLines 1-877-447-3243

Rebif ( interferon beta-1a ) Use : Treatment of relapsing types of MS

How administered : Subcutaneous ( beneath the skin ) injection

Frequency of use : 3 times per week

Common complications : Mild flu-like symptoms

Support Program : MS LifeLines 1-877-447-3243

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      and now add fingolimod (gilenya).

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)