Caregiver advice

The unsung hero

You're there for your loved ones, providing unconditional support, as they continue to fight relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). It's an ongoing battle that can get harder and harder each day. Their good days are rewarding, but when they struggle—so do you. Your job is extremely important, and you are worthy of all the credit in the world.

But in order to be the best caregiver, you must take the time to care for yourself.

The National MS Society suggests several things you can do to avoid burnout:

  • Reach out for practical and emotional support
  • Sleep
  • Have fun
  • Be honest
  • Keep your own hobbies and interests
  • Exercise
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Join an MS caregiver support group
  • Watch out for resentment

And even if you're not on treatment, you can call us for support needs as well. The Above MS™ program from Biogen has Support Coordinators that are available at 1-800-456-2255, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 8 PM (ET).


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TYSABRI® (natalizumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) to slow the worsening of symptoms common in people with MS and to decrease the number of flare-ups (relapses). TYSABRI increases the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). When starting and continuing treatment with TYSABRI, it is important to discuss with your doctor whether the expected benefit of TYSABRI is enough to outweigh this risk.

Important Safety Information

TYSABRI increases your risk of getting a rare brain infection—called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)—that usually leads to death or severe disability.

Before receiving TYSABRI, it is important to tell your doctor:
TYSABRI can cause serious side effects. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, call your doctor right away:
The most common side effects of TYSABRI are:
These are not all of the possible side effects of TYSABRI. For more information, ask your doctor. To report side effects to FDA, please call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Full Prescribing Information (PDF) including Boxed Warning and Patient Medication Guide (PDF).

This information is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider.