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Multiple Sclerosis: Drug Treatments

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Is Drug Treatment Right for Me? continued...

 

Rebif (interferon beta-1a)
 Use: Treatment of relapsing forms of MS
 How administered: Injection under the skin
 Frequency of use: Three times per week
 Common side effects: Mild flu-like symptoms
 Support Program: MS LifeLines 877-447-3243

 

Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate)
 Use: Treatment of relapsing forms of MS
 How administered: A pill by mouth
 Frequency of use: Twice daily
 Common side effects: flushing, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
 Support Program: MS Active Source 800-456-2255

 

Tysabri (natalizumab)
 Use: Treatment of relapsing forms of MS
 How administered: By IV
 Frequency of use: Every 4 weeks
 Common side effects: Headache, feeling tired, and joint pain
 Support Program: Tysabri Active Source 800-456-2255

 

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on October 13, 2012
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