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When should I start medication for multiple sclerosis?

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It's important to start medication for your MS as early as possible and to continue taking it over the long term so that it can prevent further damage and slow the advance of the disease.

Since you may need to take MS drugs for a long time, you should make sure you're comfortable with them. If your side effects become hard to handle or the medication doesn't help, talk to your doctor. You may need to switch to a different medicine.

From: Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis WebMD Medical Reference

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Disease Management Consensus Statement," "Fingolimod," "Novantrone (mitoxantrone),"  "Exacerbations,"  "FDA Approves Plegridy (Pegylated Interferon Beta) For Relapsing MS."

John Ratchford, MD, assistant professor of neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

NINDS: "Multiple Sclerosis Information Page."

Goldman, L.  , Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Cecil Medicine

FDA: "Safety Update on Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) Associated with Tysabri," "FDA approves new multiple sclerosis treatment Aubagio," "FDA investigating rare brain infection in patient taking Gilenya (fingolimod)."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 13, 2018

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Disease Management Consensus Statement," "Fingolimod," "Novantrone (mitoxantrone),"  "Exacerbations,"  "FDA Approves Plegridy (Pegylated Interferon Beta) For Relapsing MS."

John Ratchford, MD, assistant professor of neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

NINDS: "Multiple Sclerosis Information Page."

Goldman, L.  , Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Cecil Medicine

FDA: "Safety Update on Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) Associated with Tysabri," "FDA approves new multiple sclerosis treatment Aubagio," "FDA investigating rare brain infection in patient taking Gilenya (fingolimod)."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 13, 2018

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