The Fundamentals of Multiple Sclerosis Care
by Dr. Kantor
Monday, June 23, 2008
There is a lot of talk about research and medical advances in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, but I would like to return to the fundamentals of MS care and how these new treatment options fall into the framework of MS care.
There are three important arms of MS treatment:
1. Disease Modifying Agents - Medications that are used to change the course of MS, but which you may not feel any current effect from (though you may have side effects unfortunately), but are like an insurance policy for the future. There are 5 FDA approved medications for Relapsing forms of MS: Avonex®, Rebif®, Betaseron®, Copaxone® and Tysabri®. Novantrone® is a chemotherapy drug, also FDA approved for worsening relapsing MS or secondary progressive MS.