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Do corticosteroids prevent multiple sclerosis attacks?

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Corticosteroids can ease MS attacks, but they don’t prevent them. Doctors prescribe other types of drugs to do that. These meds reduce the number of attacks and keep the disease from getting worse quickly.

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

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