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What are the risks?

The current disease-modifying drugs have all been tested for safety and are approved for use by the FDA.  They each have their own protocol and list of notations about possible side effects and risks.  (That is common for all medications these days, including Tylenol.)  By and large these drugs are well tolerated by most people.  Some may have flu-like side effects or injection-site irritation.  Two drugs, however, Tysabri and Novantrone, carry more serious warnings. So be careful to understand the risks and the protocol—along with the possible benefits—before you start.

It is important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks of your treatment options.  Ask them what the primary considerations should be in his/her recommendation of a treatment.  It is also helpful to know what the potential short- or long-term side effects might be or any complications related to other medications or conditions you have.  There is more information about the risks associated with disease-modifying drugs under An Overview of the Primary MS Disease-Modifying Drugs [PDF] .