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MS Treatment Options

More options can mean more hope, or more confusion.

If you have MS, starting a treatment as soon as possible is smart. Many studies have shown that permanent nerve damage can happen during early relapses.

Fortunately, you now have more multiple sclerosis treatment options than ever before. New MS research has made possible many FDA-approved therapies. There are daily and weekly injections to choose from, as well as oral medications and monthly infusions.

While it's an exciting time, these therapy choices may also mean confusion and create a tendency for patients to jump from therapy to therapy. As you evaluate your current treatment with your doctor, you should establish clear goals for your therapy. For the indications of the current FDA-approved relapsing MS medications, look carefully at the list below.

Disease-Modifying Therapies – Injectables:

  • AVONEX® is approved to treat relapsing forms of MS to decrease the number of relapses and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS. AVONEX is approved for use in people who have experienced a first attack and have lesions consistent with MS on their MRI. It is taken once a week by injection.
  • BETASERON® is approved for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis to reduce the frequency of clinical exacerbations. Patients with multiple sclerosis in whom efficacy has been demonstrated include patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis. It is injected below the skin every other day.
  • COPAXONE® is approved for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, including patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis. It is injected below the skin on a daily basis.
  • EXTAVIA® is approved for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis to reduce the frequency of clinical exacerbations. Patients with multiple sclerosis in whom efficacy has been demonstrated include patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis. It is injected below the skin every other day.
  • REBIF® is approved to treat relapsing forms of MS to decrease the frequency of relapses and delay the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS. It is injected 3 times a week.

Pills:

  • GILENYA® is approved for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis to reduce the frequency of clinical exacerbations and to delay the accumulation of physical disability. The first dose of GILENYA will be given in a doctor's office or clinic, where you will be observed for 6 hours after your first dose of GILENYA, then it will be taken 1 time each day.

Infusions :

  • TYSABRI® is approved to slow the worsening of physical disability that is common in people with MS and decrease the number of flare-ups (relapses). It is given by infusion once every 4 weeks. The actual infusion takes about 1 hour. After the infusion, you will be observed for another hour to make sure you are not having a reaction that may need medical attention. Learn more.

Ask your doctor what's right for you.

You may be tempted to switch to a therapy that offers more convenience, like a pill. Yet, if you're seeing worsening results, like physical disability, or if your current medication isn't working as well as you hoped, remember that relapsing MS is a lifelong disease that silently advances. Learning about different therapy options can help you make a more informed decision to meet your treatment goals. So talk with your doctor about where you are, where you want to be, and what treatment he or she thinks is right for you.

To learn more about your treatment options, call a TYSABRI ActiveSource™ Coordinator at 800.456.2255, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM (ET).

 
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Patient Medication Guide (PDF) .


Important Safety Information

For additional important safety information, please see the full Avonex Prescribing Information (PDF) and Avonex Patient Medication Guide (PDF) . This information is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor.

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