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Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – An over-the-counter antihistamine used to fight allergies may have an important new role: reversing the vision loss sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis. That's the finding from preliminary research that found that clemastine fumarate partially reversed optic neuropathy in people with MS. Optic neuropathy is damage to the nerve that relays information from the eye to the brain. The study is to be presented April 19 at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Vancouver. "While the improvement in vision appears modest, this study is promising because it is the first time a drug has been shown to possibly reverse the damage done by MS," said study author Dr. Ari Green, assistant clinical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of California, San Francisco. The study was small, involving only 50 people averaging 40 years of age. ... Read more
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