Medications can help ease MS attacks and possibly slow the disease. Physical therapy and other treatments help control symptoms — and improve your quality of life.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Treatment Overview A number of drugs have been shown to slow the progression of MS in some people. These are called disease-modifying drugs.
- MS Medication Options Athough there’s not yet a cure for MS, there are many effective medications to help you manage the disease. Here’s a rundown of your treatment options.
- Ampyra for MS Ampyra (dalfampridine) is a medication that helps people with MS who have trouble walking.
- Imuran for MS Imuran (azathioprine) is used to slow the progression of MS by suppressing the body’s immune system.
- Cytoxan Therapy Cytoxan suppresses the immune system, which slows MS progression by keeping your white blood cells from attacking your central nervous system.
- Novantrone for MS Novantrone (mitoxantrone IV) is an immune-suppressing medicine that can only be given via IV.
- Tysabri Therapy Natalizumab (Tysabri) is a treatment for people with relapsing forms of MS. It makes flares happen less often and keeps physical disabilities from getting worse quickly.
- Treating MS With IV Steroids Potent IV steroids are sometimes used to reduce and control the symptoms of an acute attack of multiple sclerosis. Find out how doctors use this medicine to ease relapse symptoms.
- Botulinum Toxin for MS Botulinum toxin (Botox) helps people with MS who have spasticity — stiff muscles and sudden, uncontrollable movements — in their arms.
- Interferon Beta Drugs Interferon beta drugs — similar to proteins produced naturally by the body — reduce the frequency of exacerbations and stabilize the course of MS.
- Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Baclofen is a common treatment for spasticity associated with neurological diseases. A pump system can reduce side effects of the medicine for long-term use.
- Deep Brain Stimulation Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a way to inactivate parts of the brain to control severe tremors — without the risks of brain surgery.
- Plasma Exchange for MS During plasma exchange (also called plasmapheresis), the plasma (liquid part of your blood) is replaced with plasma from a donor or with a plasma subsitute.
Complementary and Alternative Treatments
- Alternative Therapies for MS Alternative and complementary therapies — like acupuncture, yoga, herbal remedies — won’t cure MS. But some may be helpful when you use them along with regular treatment.
- Non-Standard Alternative Treatments Some people turn to unproven therapies like bee stings, cobra venom, and a gluten-free diet to help ease MS symptoms.
- Medical Marijuana for MS Medical marijuana may be an option to treat some MS symptoms if you live in a state where it’s legal and your doctor gives the OK.
- MS Doctors and Therapists Multiple sclerosis is a complex condition, so several specialists will be involved in your care. They may include a mental health professional, physical therapist, urologist and more.
- Physical Therapy and MS Physical therapy can ease many of your MS symptoms and help you get around better.
- Occupational Therapy for MS Occupational therapy can help make daily life easier for people with MS. It can teach you how to improve skills, find new ways to complete tasks, or use handy equipment.
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