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Can drugs that slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) cure it?

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These drugs do not cure multiple sclerosis (MS), but they do reduce the frequency and severity of attacks and the development of new brain lesions. In addition, they slow down the progression of MS, reducing future disability.

These drugs can improve the quality of life for many people with MS. Therefore, most doctors suggest that treatment with one of these drugs be started in most people as soon as a diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS has been made.

SOURCE: WebMD Health News: "Gilenya, First Oral MS Drug, Gets FDA Nod." News release, FDA.  Biogen Idec web site. News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.  




 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCE: WebMD Health News: "Gilenya, First Oral MS Drug, Gets FDA Nod." News release, FDA.  Biogen Idec web site. News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.  




 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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