Novantrone is a drug that works by suppressing the immune system to lessen its attack on the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves. It can slow increases in disability and reduce the relapse rate in people with worsening forms of relapsing-remitting, progressive-relapsing, and secondary-progressive MS.
Novantrone also reduces the number of new lesions in the brain as seen on MRI.
Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a type called relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). It usually starts in your 20s or 30s.
If you have RRMS, you may have attacks when your symptoms flare up. These are called relapses.
An attack is followed by a time of recovery when you have no few or no symptoms, called remission. It can last weeks, months, or longer. The disease doesn't get worse during these breaks.
After 10 to 20 years, RRMS usually changes to a different type of MS called secondary...
Your neurologist will discuss the potential benefits and risks of Novantrone with you and your family. If you have any concerns or questions, discuss them with your doctor.
* Patients who have or have had heart disease or cancer treatment should not take Novantrone. Serious side affects could result. Your doctor should thoroughly check for warning signs before beginning your treatment with Novantrone.
What Can I Expect During Novantrone Treatment?
Plan to be at the treatment center about two hours to get Novantrone. During this time you will be given the drug through an IV drip. Wear comfortable, warm clothes.
Your nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, and weight before treatment and will review your pre-treatment test results.
Bring something to occupy your time, such as a book.