Accepting the unpredictable nature of multiple sclerosis (MS), along with starting a new medication, can be overwhelming. This is a normal feeling, one that shows how much you care about your health and your future.
While MS disease-modifying therapies are not curative—which may feel discouraging—know that they are a step in the right direction. For some, they can significantly reduce MS progression and help to live a full, vibrant life. They also serve other purposes like:
Decreasing the number and intensity of relapses.
Decreasing the number of lesions, as seen on an MRI of a person’s brain and spinal cord.
Slowing down MS-related disability.
There are a handful of options approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and you and your doctor may consider various ones at different stages of your disease.
Let’s compare the handful of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved options available. Remember, what works for one individual may not be right for you, so understanding the details of each option is important.