Multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment can be a commitment. You may need to take it for an extended period of time to experience the benefits, and different disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) may work better for some people than others. Make sure you and your healthcare provider choose a treatment that works for you.


Intravenous infusions, also known as drips, are administered in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or an infusion center.


Self-injectable treatments are usually taken at home. It can take some time to get used to injections, but your healthcare provider can help you get more comfortable with your treatment. A loved one or care partner may also learn how to help support you in your treatment routine.

Oral therapy

There are a number of oral therapies available for those who prefer oral treatments.

Symptoms to watch for

Once you’re on a treatment plan, your doctor will pay attention to any side effects and other factors to assess how well your particular plan is working. They may ask:

  • Have you had any flare-ups (also known as relapses)?
  • Are there any changes in your neurological exam? Do those changes suggest disability progression?
  • Are there any changes on your magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, such as new lesion development?

Keeping track of your symptoms—what you’re feeling and when it occurs—is an important task. We’ve tried to make that part a little easier with our Symptom Checklist.

Simply fill it out, then print it and bring it to your next appointment.

Complementary and alternative medicines

These include everything from diet and exercise to stress management strategies. These approaches don’t fall under what is considered conventional medicine. The important distinction between complementary and alternative is this:

  • Complementary therapies are those that are used along with conventional medical interventions
  • Alternative therapies are those used instead of conventional medicine

Of course, you should talk to your doctor before taking any new medications, complementary or otherwise, or stopping your prescribed MS treatment.

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