Also, heads up to thisiswater...
This thread you bumped is from 2006, 10 years ago,
way before several of the new oral meds had arrived on the scene.
The original posters are mainly talking about the earlier, injectible DMDs, the interferons (Avonex, Rebif, Betaseron) and Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) often referred to as the CRAB meds for their first initials.
Also, Tysabri had just been approved in 2004, taken off the market due to the potential side effect of death in early 2005, and had likely just returned. Those were our only mainstream
DMD choices at that time (plus some used the chemo med Novantrone).
The new oral DMDs, although seemingly more user friendly than giving yourself shots for years, haven't been in use long enough to have a really good record outside of the trials yet. In my humble, completely med-phobic opinion.
However, I've still never tried any prescription drug for MS or MS symptoms, so I have no personal experience either.
DMD: Disease Modifying Drug