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Multiple sclerosis treatments

There are treatments available to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) attacks, to relieve specific symptoms and to slow the progression of the disease.

Treatments for an MS attack

Steriods can reduce the severity of an MS attack by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system.

Treatments to relieve symptoms of MS

There are medicines available that can ease muscle spasms, pain, continence problems, tiredness, depression and other symptoms.

Regular exercise, physiotherapy and occupational therapy can also help reduce your symptoms and help you be as active as possible.

A well-balanced diet low in fat and high in fibre can help. Regular exercise can strengthen muscles, improve heart health and improve mood.

Treatments to slow the progression of MS

There are medicines available, called immunomodulators and immunosuppressants, to slow the progress of MS and reduce the frequency of attacks by specifically targeting the immune process. However, these treatments do not reverse current symptoms and there can be significant side effects.

Talk to your doctor or other health professionals who care for you about the right combination of treatments for your particular situation.

A lot of research, including stem cell research, is focused on prevention, treatment and a cure for MS. You can find more information on the MS Research Australia website.

There is also help and support available for people with MS, and their carers. You can find more information on the
MS Australia website.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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