Published July 20th, 2017 by Stephanie
It wasn’t that long ago that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) had nowhere to turn to and few treatments to deal with the problem. MS is an autoimmune disease, which means the damage comes from the body’s own defenses turning against its own cells. The immune system damages and destroys the protective layers of cells covering the nerves in the brain and spine, exposing the nerves to damage and leading to possible paralysis and brain damage.
You can’t treat an autoimmune disease with a vaccine, and no antibiotic will get rid of the problem. That’s why doctors haven’t had many treatment options to deal with MS, but in 1993 that changed thanks to the landmark drug interferon beta-1b. Over the following decades, more and more drugs have come out that can reduce the symptoms, shorten attacks, and help patients recover faster and more completely after an attack.
Recently, a drug called ocrelizumab got FDA approval for treating primary-progressive MS. It’s still a far cry from a cure, but patients who take ocrelizumab suffer fewer of the lesions that indicate MS attacks. The drug also works for relapsing-remitting MS, a version of the disease that comes and goes as time passes. However, RRMS has several more options available. Beta interferons are the oldest and best treatment, but they can damage the liver. Half a dozen other drugs are available, and for the most part, they work by reducing the relapse rate.
Other new MS drugs are still on the way. A medicine called siponimod is showing it may have a serious impact on secondary-progressive MS, which would make it the first of its kind if it works out. No cure exists for any kind of MS, but these treatments make it much easier to avoid the most dangerous and crippling effects of the disease. Thanks to modern medicine, MS is much less of a problem now than it ever was before.
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