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Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Oral Medication

Gilenya (fingolimod) — the first oral medication for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) — has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the frequency of clinical relapses, to delay the accumulation [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Neutralizing Antibodies

Some — but not all — multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who take one of the interferon beta medications (Avonex, Betaseron, Extavia, or Rebif) develop a form of antibody known as a [more…]

Injectable MS Medication: Copaxone vs. the Interferon Betas

The good news is that many first-line treatment options are available to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) — and more are being developed. The challenge is that with more options, you have more considerations [more…]

Strategies for Assembling Your MS Care Team

After you’re diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), your primary care physician or neurologist may or may not be willing to be your overall healthcare team manager. If not, it’s up to you to assemble [more…]

Tysabri as Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Tysabri (natalizumab) is a laboratory-produced monoclonal antibody used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS). It works by preventing potentially damaging immune cells in the bloodstream from crossing the [more…]

Tysabri and PML: A Rare But Serious MS Treatment Complication

A small percentage of people taking then drug Tysabri as a treatment medication for multiple sclerosis (MS) may develop progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy [more…]

Novantrone as Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

The FDA approved Novantrone to treat people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) that’s rapidly getting worse, as well as people with progressive-relapsing or secondary-progressive MS. Novatrone [more…]

A Word about Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), or your MS has become secondary-progressive without any more relapses, it is likely that you’re impatiently waiting to hear what [more…]

How to Manage Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Relapses

Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) — except those with primary-progressive MS — experience relapses (also called attacks, exacerbations, or flares [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Corticosteroid Treatment for Acute Relapses

Given that most relapses gradually get better on their own, you’re probably wondering how your doctor decides whether to treat a relapse or not. Here’s the bottom line answer: In general, neurologists [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Carefully Consider Benefits and Risks of Disease-Modifying Therapies

Each disease-modifying therapy (DMT) used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has its advantages and disadvantages and each comes with potential benefits and risks. The medications that have the [more…]

Comprehensive MS Treatment Centers

Currently, you can find quite a few multiple sclerosis (MS) specialty centers around the country, each offering some variation on this ideal arrangement. The Consortium of MS Centers [more…]

Injectable Multiple Sclerosis Medications: Overview

Avonex, Betaseron, Extavia, Rebif, and Copaxone are the five injectable medications available for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Each of them primarily targets inflammation in the central nervous [more…]

Immune-Suppressing Drugs for MS Treatment

A variety of immunosuppressants are currently used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Even though the FDA hasn’t approved their specific use in MS, the following immunosuppressants are used by some neurologists [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Set Realistic Expectations for DMTs

To help you maintain control of your multiple sclerosis (MS), your doctor may recommend a medication that have been shown to slow or modify the disease course [more…]

Standards for Continuing Your Diabetes Care

Managing diabetes requires regular doctor visits that include standard monitoring of various diabetic factors. Following are guidelines for your diabetes care — like when to see your doctor, what should [more…]

Oral Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin shots aren’'t the only drug treatment for diabetes. If your doctor prescribes oral drugs for your diabetes, use this chart to look up the medication names and dosage amounts. Then educate yourself [more…]

Screening Guidelines for Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association created guidelines to screen for diabetes at the earliest possible appropriate time. Take a look at these guidelines to find out when to get tested for diabetes: [more…]

10 Rules for Diabetes Control

Diabetes doesn’t have to rule your life. Be proactive! Follow these guidelines for controlling your diabetes, and your problems should be few and far between: [more…]

Diabetes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Diabetes, which is excessive glucose in your blood, leads to serious health problems if left untreated. Follow the American Diabetes Association screening guidelines to get tested for diabetes at the earliest [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Mobility Aids

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you may begin to develop problems with walking and mobility. When that happens, your best strategy is to think in terms of maximizing your mobility, even if your walking [more…]

Medication-Related Fatigue and Multiple Sclerosis

Fatigue is the most common (and often the most disabling) symptom reported by people with multiple sclerosis (MS). While there are often a number of contributing factors, one of the most common causes [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Fatigue

When symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) such as weakness, balance problems, or stiffness make carrying out daily activities more difficult, you may find yourself having to work harder to do the same things [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: What is Lassitude?

Although many people experience fatigue on a regular basis, one type of fatigue, commonly referred to as lassitude, is unique to people with multiple sclerosis [more…]

Why Does MS Cause Sleep Problems?

When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), any number of factors can interfere with a good night's rest. Disrupted sleep isn't restful or refreshing — so you probably want to do something about it as soon [more…]

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