Treating Multiple Sclerosis

  •  Since Multiple Sclerosis is an immune mediated illness, many of the treatments are based on modifying your immune system to control the illness.
  • Prior to the early 1990’s, there was no MS-specific treatments available. We had many medications for treating the “symptoms” of MS, but no medications for the underlying disease.
  • In the last 20 years, there have been great strides made in MS research, with numerous MS-specific medications available.
  • Some of these medications are – Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxon, Rebif, Extavia, Plegridy, Gilenya, Aubagio, Tecfidera, Tysabri and Lemtrada.
  • There are many more medications waiting for FDA approval, and should be available within the next few years.
  • These medications are either injections, pills, or infusions.
  • The Regional MS Center has vast experience with all these medications.
  • We work with a local infusion center for those patients needing IV infusion therapy for their MS.
  • Since we are actively involved with clinical research, some patients may qualify for receiving their medications thru one of the research grants.
  • Since the criteria for entering a research program are very strict, only a limited few patients will qualify for such studies. Dr. Athni will discuss these options with you if he feels you qualify.

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