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The New Oral Medications: Questions for Your Healthcare Provider

The new oral medications, including the recently approved drug Gilenya, have the advantage of not requiring injections or infusions, as with drugs approved prior to September 2010. Additionally, oral drugs might not be associated with some of the side effects of the earlier drugs, including flu-like reactions. But these new drugs are not without potential side effects and adverse events, which need to be discussed with your healthcare provider prior to making any treatment decisions.

If you are considering whether you should change to an oral medication, ask your doctor the following questions:

  • Am I responding well to my current disease-modifying therapy?
  • Do you have concerns about the effectiveness and side effects of my current medication? If so, what recommendations might you have, such as more testing, more frequent appointments, or a change in the management of side effects?
  • Aside from taking a pill versus using an injection, what advantages do the oral therapies offer?
  • How does the effectiveness, side effects and risks of the oral medication compare with my current medication?
  • Has the FDA mandated any recommendations for monitoring safety with the oral drug?
  • Would the oral medication interfere with any of the drugs I take for symptom management?
  • What are the guidelines for pregnancy and reproduction with the oral medication?

All of the disease-modifying therapies for MS have different benefits and risks. Choosing a treatment is a very individualized decision, so your best plan of action is to develop a partnership with your doctor and to gather as much information as possible.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 12:31