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Managing Your Medications

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Monday October 24 2016 12:40 PM

October's self-management series  

Taking medications as prescribed is a very important part of managing MS. Some studies, such as this one from NCBI indicate alarmingly low levels of adherence to disease modifying therapies (DMTs). 

This article by the National MS Society in the US lists some commonly stated reasons why people stop taking medications, including side effects and dislike of needles.

If you are having problems taking medications as prescribed and/or you are experiencing side effects, you should discuss it with your Neurologist or MS Nurse. Most of the pharmaceutical companies also provide support services for people taking their medications. This may be a visiting nurse service, or a telephone information line. Your MS Nurse or Neurologist should be able to provide you with information and referrals for these services. 

This piece provides some guidance on factors to consider in managing MS medications, including a template form to complete to bring to an appointment to review medications

MS & Me Blogger Joan Jordan wrote a piece on the various ways that you can report side effects and the importance of doing so.

Further reading

In November, we will look at Memory and Thinking

Author: MS Ireland

Tags: selfmanagement, ms, multiplesclerosis, medication

Comments

D

Sunday October 30 2016 12:45

As a recently diagnosed person with MS, I am taking Copaxone. The automated free text reminder three times a week is great. It has already prevented me forgetting my injection and the diary is great for noting any side effects (none so far, injections are like bee stings for about 5 mins after, not bad). Medication adherence should be easy really but I'm only at it 3 weeks. Time will tell I suppose. Onwards and upwards as they say.

christina

Monday October 31 2016 20:17

I've just completed my first month of Copaxone. Thankfully no reactions and the pen really helps. I was very tired for an hour after the injection for the first 2 weeks but no problems now thank god. Fingers crossed it continues. Positive thinking all the way.

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