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    Thumbs up Neurology Now's guide to MS treatment options

    The February/March 2017 issue of Neurology Now contains an article outlining the current MS treatment options--"Smart Choices: Follow This Expert Guide to Choosing an Appropriate Disease-Modifying Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis."

    http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow...ide_to.20.aspx
    MS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2002-2005. Copaxone 6/07 - 5/10.
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    Thanks. I didn't see IVIG listed, but did see Rituxan. It looks like Copaxone may have the best side effect profile? But I met a gal who ended up in the hospital for a week due to copaxone.

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    Whew! That was a good article. Thanks so much. I am printing it and have forwarded it to my support group.

    I found the information on rituxan and it confirmed the choices I made. My neurologist gave me matching information.

    BBS1951...IVIg is really off label. It is a much less dangerous option but really expensive. I have met others at the infusion center who use it regularly. Like with other strategies, it works for some but not for others. But if it works for you it is great and not as dangerous as other options. Such a balancing act.
    Why did your neuro choose it? Vollmer prescribed it as the only option because I had just had melanoma surgery. He said other choices were too dangerous. I was so lucky since my body responded well to IVIg.

    Anyway, this was a good article. Thanks again Agate.
    Linda~~~~

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    Agate, thanks! Very good article. I also intend to print it out.
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    Laz, after what happened to me on Avonex, interferon is a non starter... and I did so well for 12 years since off interferon, so I just didn't want to take a chance with other deadly side effects of MS drugs.

    Then came the dx of CVID for which IVIG is treatment of choice, so it made sense to use it for MS and hit the CVID at the same time. It has appeared to help both diseases.

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    I'm allergic to Copaxone, and it took months for the hives to heal after I stopped taking it. I was put on Allegra to take the itch away.

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