Betaseron is not working out for me, I have asked my neuro if there was a pill form DMD, he told that there were many options and wants to talk to me about them. Before I talk to him I wanted to ask if anyones experiences with the pill form.
Are the pill DMD just as good as the injectable DMD? and are there better ones then others, and ones that I should stay away from do to bad side effects.
There are two oral therapies on the market right now, Gilenya and Aubagio. They both carry risks; Gilenya can slow heart rate and cause organ damage. Aubagio carries the risk of liver toxicity and damage. See links to info about these two drugs below: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/250293.php
Another oral therapy that will come on the market in early 2013 is BG-12, which has demonstrated no health risks in clinical trials and only minor side effects. This is the one I've been waiting for because of its excellent safety profile. See link to info about BG-12 below:
These oral therapies have demonstrated greater than 45% reduction in relapses and/or new lesions compared to control groups. These reduction rates are higher than those measured in clinical trials for all the injectible therapies.
However, there is no way to determine how a therapy will work for you until you try it--and so it is impossible to advise anyone about which one is "the better therapy." A lot of people do very well with Tysabri or Avonex or Copaxone or whichever of the therapies they have tried and which seem to work for them. How you tolerate a therapy is individual as well.
So, yes, you have a lot of choices and more to come. Please let us know how that talk with your doctor turns out.
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