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Is treatment needed for clinically isolated syndrome (CIS)?

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The symptoms of a CIS flare-up don’t last long. Your doctor may prescribe steroids or other medications for relief. They may want to do another MRI 3 or 6 months after your diagnosis to check for new lesions. If you have lesions and your doctor thinks you’re likely to eventually have MS, they might prescribe you medication to treat multiple sclerosis. Some are pills, and others are drugs you inject. They have side effects, so talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

When started early, meds can help cut the number of brain lesions you have or how many attacks you’ll have in the future. Research suggests these drugs may also help delay or prevent MS.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS? Related conditions: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: MS symptoms.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS multiple sclerosis information page.” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Kuhle J et.al. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, February 2015.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Treating MS: Medications: Adherence.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Possible MS.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS? Related conditions: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: MS symptoms.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS multiple sclerosis information page.” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Kuhle J et.al. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, February 2015.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Treating MS: Medications: Adherence.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Possible MS.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

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