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How is secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) treated?

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It’s often harder to treat secondary progressive multiple sclerosis than relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

The main type of drugs for multiple sclerosis (MS), called disease-modifying drugs (DMDs), make relapses happen less often and symptoms less severe. For people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) who still have relapses, DMDs can still help. But for those whose symptoms just get gradually worse, the drugs don’t really work.

SOURCES:

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

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Secondary Progressive MS."

Cleveland Clinic: "Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about secondary progressive multiple sclerosis."

Koch, M. , 2010. Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery Psychiatry

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: "Living with Progressive MS."

Medscape Education: Clinical Review of Management of Secondary Progressive MS."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

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

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Secondary Progressive MS."

Cleveland Clinic: "Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about secondary progressive multiple sclerosis."

Koch, M. , 2010. Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery Psychiatry

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: "Living with Progressive MS."

Medscape Education: Clinical Review of Management of Secondary Progressive MS."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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