Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Multiple Sclerosis

In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers, causing deterioration of the nerves.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the brain and spinal cord.

Explanation:

  • In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers, causing deterioration of the nerves.
  • Symptoms of MS include numbness, weakness, tremor, lack of coordination, blurry vision, double vision, slurred speech, fatigues, dizziness, tingling, and problems with bowel and bladder function.
  • Diagnosis could include blood test, spinal tap, MRI, and an evoked potential test.
  • Treatment options may include Interferon beta, Copaxone, Gilenya, Tecfidera, Vumerity, Aubagio, Mayzent, Mavenclad, Ocrevus, Tysarbi, Lemtrada, and physical therapy.

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