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Are there simple, less costly treatments for multiple sclerosis?

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Simpler, less costly treatments often work for MS, so your doctor will probably try those first. For a severe MS attack, your doctor will probably prescribe high doses of anti-inflammatory steroids. If that doesn't relieve your symptoms, then plasma exchange is a short-term option.

SOURCES:

Neurology: "Assessment of Plasmapheresis," September 1996.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Plasmapheresis;" "Medications: Managing Relapse;" and "Relapsing-remitting MS."

Cortese, V. , Jan 18, 2011. Neurology

Szczepiorkowski, Z. , 2010. Journal of Clinical Aphoresis

Moses Rodriguez, MD, professor of neurology and immunology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis: "Mellen Center Approaches: Plasmapheresis in MS."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Plasmapheresis."

Raphael, J.C. Cochrane Database Systematic Review: "Plasma exchange for Guillain-Barré syndrome," July 11, 2012.

American Academy of Neurology: "Plasmapheresis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Neurology: "Assessment of Plasmapheresis," September 1996.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Plasmapheresis;" "Medications: Managing Relapse;" and "Relapsing-remitting MS."

Cortese, V. , Jan 18, 2011. Neurology

Szczepiorkowski, Z. , 2010. Journal of Clinical Aphoresis

Moses Rodriguez, MD, professor of neurology and immunology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis: "Mellen Center Approaches: Plasmapheresis in MS."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Plasmapheresis."

Raphael, J.C. Cochrane Database Systematic Review: "Plasma exchange for Guillain-Barré syndrome," July 11, 2012.

American Academy of Neurology: "Plasmapheresis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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