Being told you have MS is a stressful life event. Because of this, you may not remember much of what your doctor explained at the time you were diagnosed. To help with this, your doctor may arrange a separate appointment to discuss treatment options, so that you can understand the benefits and potential side effects of the different medications, and so that he or she can understand what is important to you.
Significant advances have been made in the treatment of MS in recent years, and there are effective treatments for patients with MS.1,2 Because you will need to take your medication for a long time and because it is really important to take it correctly, it is important to be involved in choosing your MS medication.1,3 This includes thinking about what may or may not suit your lifestyle, and sharing any concerns or fears you have with your doctor.
There are different types of medications that can help people with MS, depending on the type of MS you have and what symptoms you are experiencing:
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- Mayo Clinic. Multiple sclerosis- Diagnosis and treatment. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiplesclerosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350274 (last updated 12 June 2020).
- Giovannoni G, et al. Neurol Ther. 2020 Dec;9(2):359-374.