Managing MS well, usually involves using several approaches at once. As everyone’s multiple sclerosis is different, the best combination of MS treatments will be different for each person. Treatment may include medication, therapies, such as physiotherapy, and self-management techniques. Some people explore the use of complementary or alternative medicines (CAMs). Please consult with your neurologist, MS nurse or GP about the best treatments for you.

MS treatments can be divided into three broad categories:

Managing MS symptoms

In MS, the majority of treatment involves managing your specific symptoms such as bladder problems or fatigue. Depending on the symptom, treatment could include drugs along with input from therapists and/or the development of self-management strategies.

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Managing MS relapses

Some people with MS experience relapses. Corticosteroids (or steroids) are sometimes given for a few days, either in the form of tablets or by a drip into a vein. While there is no evidence that steroids make any difference to the long-term course of the disease, they can be effective at speeding up recovery from relapse.

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Disease modifying drugs (DMDs)

Disease modifying drugs are a group of treatments for people with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. They reduce the number of relapses as well as reducing the severity of any relapses you do have.

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Last updated: 13 January 2015
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