Updated May 2018. Please check for the most current version of this publication. For some people, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a relief, giving a name and a reason for a parade of strange symptoms. For others, a diagnosis of MS brings frightening images of a challenging future. Regardless of one's initial reactions, the diagnosis of MS is a life-changing event. Even before the news can be fully absorbed, people with MS face decisions about taking a disease - modifying medication, including when to start treatment and which one of the many available options is best suited to their individual needs. Early and ongoing treatment with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- approved therapy can make a difference for people with MS. Learn about your options by talking to your healthcare professional and contacting the National MS Society at or 1-800-344-4867. This booklet outlines the issues to consider with one's healthcare provider when choosing a treatment and describes the resources available to support a person's efforts to start and continue treatment.
Disease-Modifying Therapies for MS | National MS Society 3 None of these medications is approved by the FDA for women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding.
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