Oral drugs offer easier way to treat MS

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Oral drugs offer easier way to treat MS

Postby MSUK » Tue May 17, 2011 1:25 am


A number of new multiple-sclerosis medications are beginning to hit the market that promise to make it easier for patients to control flare-ups of the disease and slow its progression.

The drugs, designed to be taken orally, represent a new generation of treatment for MS. Currently, people with the disease can choose from a range of drugs that are administered by injection.

Physicians say many people are reluctant to stick themselves with a needle and would be more comfortable taking a pill once or twice a day. This could encourage a greater number of MS patients to take medication as needed and could spur earlier treatment, which is important since disability from MS is cumulative....Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... pageid/683
MS-UK - http://www.ms-uk.org/
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Postby sou » Tue May 17, 2011 5:29 am

Yes, they make it easier, but do they really treat MS?
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Postby HarryZ » Tue May 17, 2011 7:44 am

sou wrote:Yes, they make it easier, but do they really treat MS?

The trial results, if I can recall correctly, give approx the same level of efficacy as we have seen from other immune system altering MS medications. Gilenya's competitors have indicated that there are some serious side effects that haven't been discussed all that much.

Do they treat MS? An unanswerable question since we don't even know what causes the disease!! But I suppose the orals will make it easier to pay the huge amounts of money that costs to purchase them :roll:

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