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Let's Talk About Multiple Sclerosis Medication

The super-good news? When it comes to drug treatment for multiple sclerosis, you've got serious options, and lots of 'em, too!

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    We went to some of the nation’s top MS experts to bring you the most scientific and up-to-date information possible.

    Meghan Beier, Ph.D.

    Meghan Beier, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Johns Hopkins Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center
    Baltimore
    Bruce Cohen, M.D.

    Bruce Cohen, M.D.Chief of MS/Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurology

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Chicago
    Neeta Garg, M.D.

    Neeta Garg, M.D.Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Miami

    Frequently Asked QuestionsMS Medication

    What do disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for MS do?

    DMTs work to reduce the number of lesions and MS relapses, as well as slow the progression of the disease and overall disability.

    Which DMTs have the lowest risk for side effects?

    Self-injections are the way to go if you are risk-adverse. They have 25 years of research behind them, have been shown to be quite effective, and have very few side effects.

    What drugs are used to treat flares from MS?

    The most widely used and effective medication to treat acute relapses are corticosteroids, which are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Due to the risk of side effects such as osteoporosis, diabetes and joint problems, corticosteroids are a temporary treatment only.

    What is the best pain medication for MS?

    Medications to manage the pain from MS include anticonvulsants, antidepressants, Botox, and cannabinoids.

    Patrick Sullivan

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