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How do interferon beta medications treat multiple sclerosis?

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Interferon beta medications reduce the frequency of exacerbations and stabilize the course of the disease. They might also slow down how quickly symptoms get worse and help people have less physical disability over time. There are five types of interferon beta on the market in the U.S. -- and they're all FDA-approved for relapsing forms of MS.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Interferons."

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: "Interferons."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Beta interferon and glatiramer acetate."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Copaxone (Glatiramer Acetate)."

News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Biogen Idec web site.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Interferons."

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: "Interferons."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Beta interferon and glatiramer acetate."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Copaxone (Glatiramer Acetate)."

News release, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Biogen Idec web site.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on November 10, 2017

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