Deadly Mistakes That Multiple Sclerosis Patients Need To Avoid
Quitting Multiple Sclerosis Treatment:Disease-modifying drugs for multiple Sclerosis are meant to be taken long-term. Some Multiple Sclerosis patients quit taking them due to unrealistic expectations or unpleasant (but manageable) side effects. Yet sticking with treatment is the best way to slow the disease. If you have concerns, talk with your doctor, but don’t just stop your treatment.
Delaying Disease-Modifying Drugs:Disease-modifying drugs (injections: Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, Extavia, Rebif; oral: Aubagio, Gilenya, Tecfidera) may reduce multiple Sclerosis flares and decrease worsening of the disease. But some Multiple Sclerosis patients put off starting these powerful medications because they fear injections or worry about side effects and costs. Yet, the best clinical research has proven these drugs are most helpful early in the disease.
Not Opening Up to Your Doctor:Some people hesitate to bring up sensitive issues—such as problems with bladder control, forgetfulness, or depression—at doctor visits. Remember that other multiple Sclerosis patients also have these concerns. Your doctor has successfully managed these same problems for them, and can suggest effective strategies to help you. But first, you have to share what’s on your mind.