Ampyra and Multiple Sclerosis
Before You Take Ampyra
Have a conversation with your doctor before taking Ampyra. Discuss the risks and benefits of MS medications and have a clear understanding of your treatment choices.
Do not take Ampyra if you:
- Are taking compounded 4-aminopyridine (fampridine, 4-AP)
- Have a history of seizures
- Have moderate to severe kidney impairment
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have other medical problems, including urinary tract infections
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
You should also let your doctor know if you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements.
After You Begin Taking Ampyra
It's important that you take only the dose your doctor prescribes. If you miss a dose, don't double up on the next one. Taking a higher dose or taking doses closer than 12 hours apart can increase your risk of a seizure. If you experience a seizure while taking Ampyra, stop taking the drug and call your doctor immediately.
You should also let your doctor know if you:
- Experience other side effects of Ampyra
- Begin taking any other medications, including over-the-counter drugs
- Become pregnant