How Injectables Work

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Most people with multiple sclerosis have a type called Relapsing Remitting MS, or RRMS. In RRMS, you experience intermittent attacks or relapses of the disease. A relapse is then followed by a remission, which is a lessening or even temporary disappearance of symptoms. One available treatment for reducing the frequency and severity of relapses may use injectable drugs and is called Disease Modifying Therapy, or DMT.

Your doctor may recommend an injectable that is in a class of drugs called beta interferons. As powerful anti-inflammatories, beta interferons reduce the number of inflammatory cells crossing the blood brain barrier. A second type of injectable is an infusion of the drug directly into a vein. These are known as humanized monoclonal drugs, and they stimulate the immune system, similar to steroids. Common side effects of injectables are pain at the injection site, headache, and flu-like symptoms, but others can occur. Results for treatment with injectables varies, so it's important to talk to your doctor.