Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Drugs
Drugs Used to Treat Multiple Sclerosis
A brief look at drugs use in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, their effectiveness and potential side effects.
It should be noted that the multiple sclerosis drugs currently in use to treat MS are immunomodulatory. This means the approved drugs used specifically in the treatment of multiple sclerosis have a direct effect on the workings and efficiency of the normal immune system and therefore their use carries the (theoretical) risk of compromising the body's ability to fight infection and may also interfere with the body's tumor surveillance mechanisms.
The multiple sclerosis treatment drugs do exert a considerable influence on the immune system in multiple sclerosis patients and any decision to embark on a course of multiple sclerosis drugs treatment must be carefully weighed against the potential for adverse side effects.
Some of the reported side effects of the multiple sclerosis drugs, regardless of the course and duration of multiple sclerosis exacerbations or progression, cannot and should not, be disregarded, or viewed by anyone as a reasonable trade-off of drug treatment v's drugs side effects.