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Multiple Sclerosis and Novantrone Therapy

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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.

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When you have relapsing-remitting MS, you'll find that your symptoms come and go. You may have a flare-up that lasts a few days or more and then long stretches when you feel much better. But through it all, you'll likely be able to keep up with most of the things that are important to you. "Most patients continue to work, exercise, have a family, and enjoy most of their regular activities," says neurologist Ann Cabot, DO. And if your flares become frequent or intense, there are treatments to help...

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How Is Novantrone Given for Multiple Sclerosis?

Novantrone is administered directly into a vein through an intravenous (IV) drip. The treatment may take place at a treatment center every three months.

What Happens Before Treatment With Novantrone?

Before Novantrone treatment begins, the following tests will be given:

What Should my Doctor Know Before I Start Novantrone?

Before starting Novantrone, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

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.

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