Gilenya rebound

Gilenya, or Fingolimod, is the first approved oral disease modifying drug for MS.

Gilenya rebound

Postby NHE » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:25 am

It may be harder stopping fingolimod (Gilenya) than starting it
http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis. ... arting+it/

Neurologists from Florence in Italy have reported the histories of a series of six people with MS who had to stop fingolimod (Gilenya) treatment for MS. All commenced an alternative disease-modifying drug when stopping, however within three months of stopping, five returned to pre-treatment levels of disease activity, and one experienced a rebound, that is the disease flared up. This phenomenon has also been reported with stopping natalizumab (Tysabri) and may represent the immune system being essentially reconstituted after a period of suppression. The case series highlights the importance of making a very considered decision when starting one of the newer disease-modifying drugs for MS, given the potential that many people will either be forced, or will choose to eventually stop treatment. It also highlights the fact that these drugs actually appear to make no difference to the underlying disease, only to suppress its expression. This is in contrast with many of the OMS lifestyle changes that appear to make a long term difference to the disease, with many people reporting stability in terms of disease activity and progression of disability.
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Re: Gilenya rebound

Postby CureOrBust » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:36 am

NHE wrote:... however within three months of stopping, five returned to pre-treatment levels of disease activity...

even though its nit what they would be thinking, I guess I would have to fear a "bounce back" to "nothing different" :?
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Re: Gilenya rebound

Postby CaliReader » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:28 am

After six months of refusing injectables, I will be starting Gilenya in April.

I am wary of the rebound effect but 1 out of 6 is not as bad as it could be. I chose Gilenya because my symptoms were getting worse while I was adding every natural treatment I could find to my regimine. I will still be taking all of my supplements, drinking green tea and eating a Terry Wahls type diet.

The research shows that Gilenya slows lesions by a better percentage than interferons or copaxone and at least one of the studies I read showed that it slowed the rate of annual brain atrophy by a significant amount compared to either interferon or placebo.
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