Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Options
Treating MS early is one way to help slow the progression of physical disability. But the success of your MS treatment can depend on your commitment to taking your treatment consistently as prescribed. Choosing the option that's right for you may help.
MS therapy is available in different formulations, including injections, infusions, or pills. Whether you're deciding on a first treatment plan or trying to evaluate whether your current therapy is still working for you, it's important to think about your personal treatment needs.
Use our Treatment Selection Guide to help you organize information about the therapies you're considering. Be sure to work with your healthcare team to choose a treatment plan that works best for your lifestyle and the specific type of MS you have.
Self-Administered MS Treatment
Several MS treatment options offer you the flexibility to take them by yourself, whether by giving yourself an injection or taking an oral pill. How often you have to take the medication varies depending on the specific treatment.
Healthcare Professional-Administered MS Treatment
For some people with MS, the chosen course of therapy is one that must be administered by medical personnel. Infusion therapies are generally given less frequently than self-administered therapies. But they do require the supervision of a healthcare professional, typically in an infusion center or a doctor's office.
MS Symptom-Specific Therapy
You may experience different types of MS symptoms and there are treatments commonly used to manage these symptoms. Please work with your healthcare team to determine if adding a particular treatment to your current medications could benefit you.
Supporting MS Therapies
Physical therapy and speech therapy can provide special exercises and techniques to help people with MS navigate the specific problems they face every day. Occupational therapists can teach different techniques for getting around physical disabilities. Mental health therapists and support groups help people with MS cope with depression, anxiety, and stress. These supporting therapies may positively impact quality of life by helping to make everyday activities more manageable for people with MS.