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What medications has the FDA approved to treat multiple sclerosis in children?

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The FDA hasn’t approved MS medications for people younger than age 18. That said, doctors use some of them to treat children with the condition, but at a different dose than adults get. Medications for children with MS include:

  • Interferon beta-1a (Avonex, Rebif)
  • Interferon beta-1b (Betaseron)
  • Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone)

From: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

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