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Medications for Multiple Sclerosis

Drugs associated with Multiple Sclerosis

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

What is Multiple Sclerosis: A disorder of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) caused by progressive damage to the outer covering of nerve cells (myelin). This results in decreased nerve functioning which can lead to a variety of symptoms.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Copaxone Rx B N 92 reviews
8.0

Generic name: glatiramer systemic

Drug class: other immunostimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Tysabri Rx C N 69 reviews
8.0

Generic name: natalizumab systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Gilenya Rx C N 52 reviews
8.0

Generic name: fingolimod systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Ampyra Rx C N 47 reviews
8.0

Generic name: dalfampridine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous central nervous system agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Rebif Rx C N X 18 reviews
7.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Aubagio Rx X N X 19 reviews
5.0

Generic name: teriflunomide systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Avonex Rx C N X 27 reviews
7.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Tecfidera Rx C N 25 reviews
7.0

Generic name: dimethyl fumarate systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Betaseron Rx C N X 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1b systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Decadron Rx C N 1 review
10

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
prednisone Rx C N Add review
6.0

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Brand names:  Sterapred, Prednicot, Sterapred DS

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Avonex Pen Rx C N X 6 reviews
10

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Novantrone Rx D N 1 review
7.0

Generic name: mitoxantrone systemic

Drug class: antibiotics/antineoplastics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Acthar Rx C N 3 reviews
6.0

Generic name: corticotropin systemic

Drug class: corticotropin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Extavia Rx C N X Add review Add

Generic name: interferon beta-1b systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Imuran Rx D N Add review Add

Generic name: azathioprine systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Orapred Rx C N Add review
10

Generic name: prednisolone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
interferon beta-1a Rx C N X 58 reviews
8.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Brand names:  Rebif, Avonex, Avonex Pen, Rebif Rebidose

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
Sterapred Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

 
dalfampridine Rx C N 47 reviews
8.0

Generic name: dalfampridine systemic

Brand name:  Ampyra

Drug class: miscellaneous central nervous system agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
Dexamethasone Intensol Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Prednicot Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sterapred DS Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
dexamethasone Rx C N 1 review
10

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Brand names:  Decadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, Baycadron, De-Sone LA, Dexacen-4, Dexasone, Dexasone LA, Dexpak Taperpak, Solurex, Solurex LA, Zema Pak

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
fingolimod Rx C N 54 reviews
8.0

Generic name: fingolimod systemic

Brand name:  Gilenya

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Synonym(s): MS

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