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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

 

Nancy Davis Foundation For MS

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