Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a severe disease that is marked by flare-ups and relapses, which can lead to spinal cord and brain damage over time. The disease is, at its core, the result of the immune system attacking itself. Research teams are working around the clock to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, but no such luck. That said, individuals with MS can relieve some of their symptoms by taking medication like corticosteroids and interferons.
In this article, we are going to consider three of the best Multiple Sclerosis treatments available.
1. Interferon Treatment
Individuals who live with MS can partake in consistent interferon treatments to manage flare-ups on the skin that occur. Most interferons are given by injective with minimal side effects, such as Betaseron, Avonex, Plegridy, and Rebif. If, however, you do not respond well to interferons, Tysabri is an option as it’s made of monoclonal antibodies and is given through an IV.
2. Deltasone and Solu-Medrol
If you need to control symptoms of MS that go beyond skin flare-ups, many recommend Deltasone and Solu-Medrol as these medications control symptoms and reduce inflammation. These medications also relieve discomfort and pain. It’s important to mention, however, that Deltasone is administered orally, while Solu-Medrol is taken intravenously. Both are attractive options for increasing the quality of life in an MS patient, but it’s essential to know how the medication is taken before trying it out. After all, some people cannot take medication orally, and the same goes for medication administered intravenously.
3. Tecfidera and Lemtrada
If corticosteroids or interferons don’t work for you, don’t panic. There are additional options to relieve pain and discomfort from Multiple Sclerosis. For instance, MS patients could take Tecfidera and Lemtrada, which are two potent drugs. Medication like Lemtrada, however, has to be administered by a team of healthcare professionals over the course of four-hour sessions. Both medicines have side effects, such as nasal congestion, fatigue, insomnia, headache, and sore throat and mouth.
Multiple Sclerosis brings much discomfort to people’s lives, but luckily, there is a wide selection of treatment options available. That said, consider the medication carefully and always weigh the risks with the benefits.
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