What medications are used to treat multiple sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that causes nerve damage which can lead to weakness, numbness, and loss of bodily control and function. It occurs when the immune system attacks the body's own nerves cells, which affects the connections in the brain and spinal cord. There are medications that can help manage multiple sclerosis symptoms:
- Novantrone® (mitoxantrone), Tysabri® (natalizumab), Avonex® (interferon beta-1a), Betaseron® (interferon beta-1b), and Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate) are all different types of drugs that modify the immune system. This leads to a decrease in the number of relapses and the time between relapses.
- Baclofen (Lioresal®) is a drug that is used to treat the muscle spasms, cramping, and tightness that affect many people with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord conditions, or tardive dyskinesia. It relaxes muscles by acting on the brain and spinal cord.
While these drugs can provide relief for MS patients, there is no actual cure for multiple sclerosis.