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Researchers continually search for new or better medicines to treat
multiple sclerosis (MS). MS appears to be a
disease in which the
immune system attacks the covering of the nerves
(myelin) within the brain and spinal cord. So treatments that reduce the activity
of the immune system may slow the progression of the disease. Medicines that
work in this manner are called immunosuppressants. They are a major focus of MS
Several immunosuppressants being studied or used for MS are:
Other medicines being studied for multiple sclerosis (MS) include firategrast.
Any therapy that can be used to treat MS must be judged by how it
affects a person's degree of disability. Newer studies rely on the results of
MRI scans and the progression of disability to evaluate how well therapy is
Insurance may not cover all types of treatment.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as ofFebruary 19, 2016
Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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