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Which disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) are used to treat progressive relapsing multiple sclerosis (PRMS)?

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You take some disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) through injections, which you can do on your own. These include:

For other DMDs, you’ll get it through an IV at a clinic or hospital. These drugs include:

There are three types of DMDs that come in pills:

  • Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone)
  • Interferon beta-1a (Avonex)
  • Interferon beta-1b (Betaseron)
  • Peginterferon (Plegridy)
  • Mitoxantrone (Novatrone)
  • Natalizumab (Tysabri)
  • Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus)
  • Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera)
  • Fingolimod (Gilenya)
  • Teriflunomide (Aubagio)

SOURCES:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

UpToDate: "Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "FDA Approves Plegridy (Pegylated Interferon Beta) For Relapsing MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

UpToDate: "Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "FDA Approves Plegridy (Pegylated Interferon Beta) For Relapsing MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

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