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How are flare-ups of progressive relapsing multiple sclerosis (PRMS) treated?

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You may not need treatment for a mild flare-up, but for more severe symptoms that make it hard to do day-to-day tasks, steroids can help.

A high-dose, short-term course of steroids (in pills or through an IV) helps reduce inflammation and makes relapses shorter and less severe.

Besides steroids, you can also take other drugs to ease specific MS symptoms, such as pain, bladder problems, fatigue, or dizziness. Options can include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Pain relievers
  • Medications to reduce fatigue

SOURCES:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

UpToDate: "Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "FDA Approves Plegridy (Pegylated Interferon Beta) For Relapsing MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

UpToDate: "Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "FDA Approves Plegridy (Pegylated Interferon Beta) For Relapsing MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

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