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What are interferons and how are they related to multiple sclerosis?

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Your body makes interferons naturally. Three forms -- alpha, beta, and gamma -- control the activity of your immune system. Doctors also can use a man-made version of these forms -- especially interferon beta -- to treat 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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