Standard Allopathic treatments for Multiple Sclerosis.
While there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis, there are many treatments. Some help delay onset of disability and work to slow progression of the disease. These are called disease altering drugs or DAD. Some treatments are designed to shorten the length of exacerbations or flare-ups. Still other medications are used to relive symptoms of MS either short term or long term.
The most popular DAD medications are the Interferon beta drugs. Avonex, Rebif and Betaseron fall into this class. These medications work to limit immune system response and help reduce the number and frequency of MS attacks.
During an active exacerbation, prednisone based medications can be given to reduce the length and severity of the flare up. Prednisone is a steroid medication that reduces inflammation within the body.
Specific MS symptoms can be treated with medication.
Many people with multiple sclerosis experience spasticity or involuntary muscle movements, and tremors. These can be effectively treated with baclofen, clonazepam, dantrolene, tizanidine, diazepam, isoniazid and gabepentin.
Bladder problems are a common symptom of MS. Bladder symptoms range from inability to urinate to incontinence. Bladder infections are common in those who must use a catheter. Medications used to treat these symptoms include ciprofloxacin, sulfamethoxazole, desmopressin, imipramine methenamine nitrofurantoin, oxybutynin, and desmopressin
For depression caused by Multiple Sclerosis or DSD medications, your doctor will probably prescribe one of the many well known depression medications.
Multiple Sclerosis causes severe pain in the muscles and joints for many people. This pain can be treated with one of many medications. The most widely used pain meds for people with MS are Elavil, Tegretol, Klonopin, Neurontin, Tofranil, Pamelor or Aventyl, and Dilantin. When choosing a pain medication, it is important to tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, take any other medications or supplements, or if you have ever had a problem with addiction to drugs or alcohol.
There are many symptoms associated with MS, and at times they can seem overwhelming, but with proper treatment and effective medication symptoms can be managed so that the patient can live a full life.