MS News that Caught My Eye Last Week: Early DMT Use, Aubagio vs. Tecfidera, Lipoic Acid Study, MS Forums

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Early Use of High-efficacy DMTs of Long-term Benefit to MS Patients, Real-world Study Reports

The question of whether to start treating multiple sclerosis (MS) with an older, less effective disease-modifying therapy (DMT) and then move to a more effective one — or use a heavy-hitting medication right from the start — is a basic one for people with MS. As I wrote in a recent column, it now seems that more neurologists are moving to the “hit ’em hard right away” philosophy. This is another report about that study.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients given intensive disease-modifying therapies early in their disease course have more favorable long-term outcomes than those treated with an escalating regimen, real-world data show.

The study, “Clinical Outcomes of Escalation vs Early Intensive Disease-Modifying Therapy in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis,” was published in the journal JAMA Neurology.

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Aubagio, Tecfidera Show Comparable Effectiveness in Relapsing MS, Real-world Phase 4 Trial Finds

I like real-world studies because as a layman, I think they’re more likely than clinical trials to report the results of treatments as we live with them. This one will provide more data for people who are considering switching medications. Note: Sanofi Genzyme, the manufacturer of Aubagio (teriflunomide), financially supported the writing and statistical reporting, and two of its employees reviewed the report.

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Aubagio (teriflunomide) seems to be superior to Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) in slowing whole brain shrinkage in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS), a new Phase 4 clinical trial shows. However, Aubagio and Tecfidera have similar beneficial effects in achieving other clinical goals and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) parameters, including the number of brain lesions.

The research article reporting the findings, “Comparative effectiveness of teriflunomide and dimethyl fumarate in patients with relapsing forms of MS in the retrospective real-world Teri-RADAR study,” was published in the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research.

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Participants Sought for Clinical Trial Studying Effects of Lipoic Acid on Progressive MS

Many people believe in dietary supplements to treat MS. Here’s a chance to find out if they’re right about one of them.

A clinical trial to test the effects of antioxidant treatment with lipoic acid on progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) is recruiting 118 participants at seven sites in North America.

The study sites include: Birmingham, Alabama; Burlington, Vermont; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Washington, D.C.; and Ontario, Canada.

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Larry Thompson avatar

Larry Thompson

Falling is a concern for me along with incontinence my wife helped me understand about the botox I felt the benefits for this was difficult for me and I thought the lasting effect was about three months. I did find that Oxybutynin helped me tremendously. The things we find looking for anything that may help with MS problems . is very nice to read about and it helps me when I go see my. I apologize if I bounce around topics.

Maria Nelson avatar

Maria Nelson

Thank u for this news i would like to hear more. Im in the beginning of starting. Copaxan(not sure if i spelled right.) This MS has had me falling in pain crying .. . Praying for all of us.


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