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How do medications treat primary progressive multiple sclerosis?

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The medications doctors usually give to treat MS -- disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) and steroids -- seem to be less helpful for PPMS. These drugs work by:

Because inflammation and relapses aren’t a major part of PPMS, doctors don’t usually prescribe these medications.

  • Calming inflammation
  • Reducing the number of relapses and making them less severe

From: Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 1, 2018

SOURCES:

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

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 1, 2018

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