The use of these medications reduces the number of relapses
and the progression of disease. The important thing to note
is that since these medications reduce the rate of relapses
and are not thought of as reversing the disease, the sooner
that the patient starts these medications the better the
All of the medications for Multiple Sclerosis that are classified as disease modifying
have to be injected. Avonex is injected into the muscle
once a week. Betaseron is injected under the skin every
other day. Copaxone is injected under the skin once a day.
What if the
Disease Modifying Drugs Don't Work?
We are now trying other medications for MS that alter the immune system with success in reducing the
advancement of disease and in some cases partially reversing
the symptoms. Most of the medications we use for MS are known to have a very
safe profile when used properly by an expert. Most of our
patients have had very minimal side effects if any.