Choosing an MS treatment is a personal decision that involves considering the risks and benefits of the treatment options available to you. The right treatment for you will depend on your individual situation and preferences. Here are a few tips to help you consider your options.
Learn more about your treatment options. Before weighing your choices, be sure you have all the information you need. You'll need to find out:
- which medication options are available
- how each medication works
- how it can help your MS (e.g., slow the progression of disease, prevent relapses, manage symptoms, treat relapses)
- when to expect the benefits to start
- how long the medication may continue to work
- what side effects may occur and whether they can lead to serious complications
- how to manage side effects
- medication costs
- how and where the medication is given
For more information on treatment options available in Canada, see "What are my options for treating MS?" Your doctor or pharmacist can help answer your questions and direct you to other sources of information. You can also do some research on your own. For more information, see our health feature article "MS: Doing your own research."
Think about your treatment goals and expectations. Consider how you are hoping to benefit from taking the medication and whether the medication can help you achieve these benefits. It's also important to consider that although clinical studies give us an idea of how well a medication works in a group of people with MS, the results may vary for each individual.
Consider both benefits and risks. Ask yourself if the benefits you're expecting to get from the medication are worth the risks in terms of safety. Remember that not everyone gets all of the side effects listed in the product information, and that other side effects may appear that are not listed. There is no way to tell which side effects you may experience, but it's important to tell your doctor or pharmacist whether you have any medical conditions, or if you're pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, as this may affect the safety of the medication for you.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist. These healthcare professionals are trained to help you make informed decisions about your treatment. For tips on talking to your doctor, see "Choosing a treatment for MS: Your doctor can help."
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