Autoimmune disorders

Multiple sclerosis

(MS)

About Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects your nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between your brain and your body, leading to the symptoms of MS. They can includeVisual disturbancesMuscle weaknessTrouble with coordination and balanceSensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles" Thinking and memory problemsNo one knows what causes MS. It may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men. It often begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually, the disease is mild, but some people lose the ability to write, speak, or walk.There is no single test for MS. Doctors use a medical history, physical exam, neurological exam, MRI, and other tests to diagnose it. There is no cure for MS, but medicines may slow it down and help control symptoms. Physical and occupational therapy may also help.NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Symptoms of Multiple sclerosis
  • Visual disturbances
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble with coordination and balance
  • Sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles"
  • Thinking and memory problems

Top Medications for Multiple sclerosis according to our users

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All Medications for Multiple sclerosis

  • Ampyra
    (dalfampridine)
    Prescription only

    Ampyra (dalfampridine) is an oral drug for people with difficulty walking due to MS, but may not work for everyone.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Aubagio
    (teriflunomide)
    Prescription only

    Aubagio (Teriflunomide) is an oral medicine that reduces the number of flare-ups, slows physical changes, and decreases the number of new brain lesions in relapsing MS. This medication may not be a good choice if you want to get pregnant.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Avonex
    (interferon beta-1a)
    Prescription only

    Avonex (Interferon Beta-1A) is an injectable medicine effective for relapsing, remitting MS and has manageable side effects and weekly dosing.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Copaxone
    (glatiramer)
    Prescription only

    Copaxone (Glatiramer) is an injectable medicine that's effective for relapsing, remitting MS. It has fewer side effects than other meds, but the self-injections are needed frequently.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Gilenya
    (fingolimod)
    Prescription only

    Gilenya (Fingolimod) is an oral medication that has a lot of side effects, but it reduces the number of flare-ups, slows physical changes, and decreases the number of new brain lesions in relapsing MS.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • prednisolone sodium phosphate
    Prescription only

    Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) is a common oral steroid that is very effective in controlling allergic reactions and immune conditions, but it can cause serious side effects if you have to use it for a long time.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
  • Betaseron
    (interferon beta-1b)
    Prescription only

    Betaseron (Interferon Beta-1B) is an injectable medicine effective for relapsing, remitting MS with fewer side effects and every other day dosing.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Cortef
    (hydrocortisone)
    Prescription only

    Cortef (Hydrocortisone) is identical to an essential hormone that humans produce and has been proven to work safely.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Suppository
  • Medrol
    (methylprednisolone)
    Prescription only

    Medrol (methylprednisolone) is very effective for controlling allergic reactions and many types of inflammatory conditions, but it is associated with serious and potentially life-threatening side effects if you have to take it for a long time.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection

Medication side effects for Multiple sclerosis

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  • Avonex: 8%
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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Abdominal pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Multiple sclerosis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Get informed. There have been so many treatment advances and maybe what you remember from your past, seeing people with MS, doesn't apply anymore.
  • Try not to panic. Learn as much as you can but don't overwhelm yourself- the disease is different for everyone. While there is no cure, at least now there are non-injection options, which is a big advance.
  • Develop a sense of humor...the one thing I can say for sure is it is unpredictable...xo
  • remove processed sugar and go unrefined brown. Spasms will lessen.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Massage
  • laughter and exercise....
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Exercise
  • Exercise, stretching, yoga, meditation, cognitive rehabilitative therapy, lists...