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Medications for Multiple Sclerosis

Other names: MS

About 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.

Drugs Used to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

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

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Copaxone B N 114 reviews
7.0

Generic name: glatiramer systemic

Drug class: other immunostimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Gilenya C N 71 reviews
7.0

Generic name: fingolimod systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Ampyra C N 58 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

Tysabri C N 81 reviews
7.0

Generic name: natalizumab systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Tecfidera C N 40 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

Aubagio X N X 37 reviews
5.0

Generic name: teriflunomide systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Rebif C N X 21 reviews
6.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Avonex C N X 35 reviews
7.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Betaseron 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

glatiramer B N 120 reviews
7.0

Generic name: glatiramer systemic

Brand names:  Copaxone, Glatopa

Drug class: other immunostimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Decadron C N 1 review
10

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

prednisone C N Add review
6.0

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Avonex Pen C N X 9 reviews
9.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

interferon beta-1a C N X 74 reviews
7.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1a systemic

Brand names:  Rebif, Avonex, Avonex Pen, Rebif Rebidose …show all

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

fingolimod C N 73 reviews
7.0

Generic name: fingolimod systemic

Brand name:  Gilenya

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

dalfampridine C N 58 reviews
8.0

Generic name: dalfampridine systemic

Brand name:  Ampyra

Drug class: miscellaneous central nervous system agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

dimethyl fumarate C N 42 reviews
7.0

Generic name: dimethyl fumarate systemic

Brand name:  Tecfidera

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

dexamethasone C N 1 review
10

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Brand names:  Decadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, De-Sone LA, Dexpak Taperpak …show all

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

teriflunomide X N X 38 reviews
5.0

Generic name: teriflunomide systemic

Brand name:  Aubagio

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

natalizumab C N 83 reviews
7.0

Generic name: natalizumab systemic

Brand name:  Tysabri

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Novantrone 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 C N 4 reviews
6.0

Generic name: corticotropin systemic

Drug class: corticotropin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Extavia C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: interferon beta-1b systemic

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Imuran D N Add review Rate

Generic name: azathioprine systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

interferon beta-1b C N X 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: interferon beta-1b systemic

Brand names:  Betaseron, Extavia

Drug class: interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
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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 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 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 in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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