Studies suggest that at least ~40% of all patients will have some disease activity return when they stop taking their medications. A new study, focused on patients with relapsing forms of MS, showed that about 60% of patients experienced a recurrence of acute disease activity within 2 years off therapy after they stopped their Disease-Modifying Therapies (DMT) on their own. Unfortunately, long-term adherence to Disease-Modifying Therapies and treatments is a significant challenge for many MS patients for several reasons. Below are 3 important tips to improve your adherence to DMT:
Do not pay more than what you should for your DMT. The economic burden of MS treatment should never discourage you. Several copay programs and financial resources are available. Talk to your healthcare provider, insurance, and local MS society chapter. They can help you find the best financial assistance program available to you.
At this page, you could find some useful information about relevant copay programs:
Although it's a good idea to follow the latest news and research in MS, it's important to know that it may take a long time for any medication to get FDA approval and become available to patients. Please keep in mind that time matters in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The sooner you begin your treatment and DMT, the more effective it would be. Hence, don't wait until something better comes along.
It is still a good idea to stay informed on the latest news and research in MS while remain adherent to your DMT, prescribed by your doctor/neurologist. Please follow the latest news in MS here: https://www.mytraxel.com/the-magazine
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Manage side effects:
Side effects, such as injection site reaction and redness, are almost inevitable in MS-related DMT. The good news is that most of these side effects are easily treatable and will go away once your body gets used to your medication. If your side effects are bothersome and intolerable, talk to your doctor. Your doctor could switch your medication. It's very important to remember that your DMT is designed to reduce the progression of your disease, even if you don't feel it working.
Please always consult with your doctor about any DMT-related health issues.