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Is Drug Treatment Right for Me? continued...

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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