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    Betaseron (interferon beta-1b)
    Use: Treatment of relapsing forms of MS
    How administered: Injection under the skin
    Frequency of use: Every other day
    Common side effects: Mild flu-like symptoms
    Support Program: MS Pathways 800-788-1467

    Copaxone (glatiramer acetate)
    Use: Treatment of relapsing-remitting MS
    How administered: Injection under the skin
    Frequency of use: Three times per week
    Common side effects: Reaction at the injection site
    Support Program: Shared Solutions 800-887-8100

    Gilenya (fingolimod)
    Use: Treatment of relapsing MS
    How administered: A pill by mouth
    Frequency of use: Daily
    Common side effects: headache, diarrhea, back pain, and abnormal liver tests

    Novantrone (mitoxantrone)
    Use: Treatment of rapidly worsening relapsing-remitting MS
    and for progressive-relapsing or secondary-progressive forms of MS
    How administered: By IV
    Frequency of use: Once every 3 months or four times a year. Maximum dose 8-12 doses
    Common side effects: Nausea, hair thinning, decreased white blood cell count
    Support Program: MS LifeLines 877-447-3243

    Plegridy (peginterferon beta-1a)
    Use: Treatment of relapsing forms of MS
    How administered: By autoinjector or prefilled syringe
    Frequency of use: Once every 2 weeks
    Common side effects: Injection site reaction, flu-like symptoms
    Support program: MS Active Source 800-456-2255

    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 May 31, 2015
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