multiple sclerosis treatment optionsThere are no specific therapies that can effectively cure patients with multiple sclerosis. However, there are a number of multiple sclerosis treatment options, particularly for the relapsing-remitting form of the disease. The two basic multiple sclerosis treatment approaches that are necessary and helpful in treatment regimens are:

  • Immunomodulation therapies which can control the inflammation of myelin sheaths and help restore the central nervous system.
  • Supportive therapies to take care of the symptoms and exacerbations, to help the patient lead as normal a life as possible.

Some common medications prescribed to MS patients for immunomodulation therapy include interferon beta-1a (administered intramuscularly) and interferon beta-1b (injected subcutaneously), natalizumab, and mitoxandron (administered intravenously).

Emergency medications to treat exacerbations include intravenous immunoglobulins or plasmapheresis.

Acute relapses can be treated with methylprednisolone, and aggressive forms of MS can be treated with cyclophosphamide, which can stabilize the condition.

There is no FDA-approved drug currently available to treat the progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (PPMS and SPMS). However, a great deal of research has shed light on the potential of interferon beta-1b to treat the disease. The medications mentioned above are mostly for the relapsing forms of the disease.

A few immunomodulatory drugs under research include alemtuzumab (a monoclonal antibody granted Fast Track status by the FDA, for treatment of RRMS), daclizumab (anti-CD 25 antibody), ocrelizumab (anti-CD 20) and myelin peptide mixtures of MBP 89, PLP 139-151, and MOG 35-55.

Standard therapies are available from physicians on treating specific symptoms.

Apart from being a clinically significant condition, MS is also an emotionally stressful condition. An MS patient needs the emotional support of family members and loved ones. Regular counseling and rehabilitation therapy are also helpful and often necessary to help patients.

Maintaining personal hygiene and fitness. eating a healthy diet, going for routine check-ups to the physician, stress management, even acupuncture – all are important care strategies which help patients lead a normal life.

Read more about 4 types of multiple sclerosis.

Note: Multiple Sclerosis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.


  1. Michelle Wade says:

    I would like to know what treatments are out there to help with ppms. I have tried Baclofen 10mg. This made the shaking in my right leg worse.

  2. DS says:

    Spms is not fun. Everyday is challenging. Mentally and physically. Priorities are challenging. With all the chromosomal DNA mapping and crazy infusion of AI out there, surely, there IS a cure but maybe BIG PHARMA…just doesn’t want to release it so they can milk it as long as possible.

  3. DS says:

    -or maybe I’ve just had this too long and becoming a codgy old lady! There will be a cure, it’s not just genetic; there are so many othr factors involved. Where we have lived, air we have breathed, water (and Food) we have consumed ultimately participate in this picture. Have we taken into account the amounts of FLUORIDES AND Genetically Modified Foods we’ve eaten in America since the 1950’s? Since we are consuming GMO’s (or have been) are these hybrids foods not affecting chromozones by weakening DNA? Just thinking out loud…

  4. sarah says:

    hello all, i need to know where can i find biotine 100mg,any one can help?? iam from Lebanon and they do not bring it here, and it is a treatment for my mother who is suffering from schlerose

  5. Melissa Meadow says:

    I am trying to find a trial for PONS. I haven’t located where to contact someone regarding a trial. If a website is available, please forward information to me via Email.

  6. Fred says:

    My insurance took 2 years to o.k. An mri with contrast. I’ve gone to my doctor and he doesn’t seem to know anymore about m.s than I do. I remember hearing about m.s. when I was a kid back in the sixties. Why are they having such a difficult time coming up with some kind of cure for this so called disease . I was immediately removed from my job when I told them I had been diagnosed with m.s. . What do they know that I don’t know. I hope that they knew that my legs would give out and that I would not be able to drive to work or stand for more than 5 minutes,or be able to walk to the shop I use to work in. The Doc told me that m.s.affects everyone differently. I don’t really know how bad a case of m.s. I have. Does anybody know how I can find out.

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