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Symptom Therapies

MS symptoms vary from person to person. Sometimes they are minor and/or invisible; other times they can affect day-to-day activities. They can also indicate other problems, so always check with a doctor about any problems or discomfort you may be experiencing. Keep in mind, that “treating” might just mean “minimizing”—it doesn’t always mean you will get rid of the symptom altogether.

Treating symptoms can help you manage your MS more effectively.  When you are working with your doctor to figure out an approach, be sure to consider options that don’t require medication—such as changing your behavior, lifestyle, or diet.  For example, a moderately sensitive bladder can be helped by cutting out a variety of irritating foods, such as caffeine and citrus. You have a variety of options from medication to physical therapy.  You have choices, so if you try something and it’s not working or makes you feel worse in other ways, then try something else.

Consider the potential side effects of drug treatments.  Most medications have side-effects or interactions with each other medications that need to be considered before you start on them.  Even if the medication makes a symptom better, if it makes you feel worse in other ways, you’ll have to weigh the benefits and downsides. 

An Overview of the Common Drugs & Treatments to Address Symptoms

A few of the common drugs used for symptoms include:

Brand Name

Symptoms Treated

Dantrium

Spacticity

Bactrim

Urinary tract infections

Antivert

Nausea; vomitting; dizziness

Effexor

Depression

Elavil

Pain

Laniazid

Tremor

Click here to see Symptom Therapies organized by Symptom [PDF].
Click here to see Symptom Therapies organized by Brand Name [PDF].

Before embarking on any treament program, talk to your doctor. This information is for educational purposes only.