Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

There are a variety of medications that may be prescribed to help control symptoms that may develop over time.

These medications do not treat the underlying cause of multiple sclerosis, but can improve a person's function and comfort.

The medication prescribed depends on the specific symptom being treated, its severity, and the person's response to past treatments.

Some commonly prescribed medications include the following:

  • Spasticity - diazepam (Valium®), tizanidine (Zanaflex®), diazepam (Valium®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), dantrolene (Dantrium®), intrathecal baclofen (ITB®), or botulinum toxin.
  • MS-related fatique - amantadine, fluoxetine (Prozac®), modafinil (Prozac®), armodafinil (Nuvigil®).
  • Bladder dysfunction - Hytrin®, Flomax®, Oxytrol®.
  • Depression - Celexa®, Cymbalta®, Effexor®, Prozac®, Wellbutrin®, Zoloft®.
  • Pain - amitriptyline, carbamazepine, Cymbalta®, gabapentin.

Reference: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

This information is for general educational uses only. It may not apply to you and your personal medical needs. This information should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation with or the advice of your physician or health care professional.

Communicate promptly with your physician or other health care professional with any health-related questions or concerns.

Be sure to follow specific instructions given to you by your physician or health care professional.

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