MS treatment: expectations and reality

Could your expectations and concerns about a medication stop you from getting the most out of multiple sclerosis treatment? Yes - if your expectations are not realistic or your concerns are not properly addressed.

Set realistic expectations. If you do not have a realistic expectation of how the medication will help you, you may be disappointed (and possibly stop a medication that is giving you some benefit) when it does not work as well as you hoped. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what to expect from the medication. Find out when it will start working, what it will do to help you, and how much of an improvement you can expect.

Address your concerns. Concerns about the medication, such as fear of side effects and anxiety over having a needle, can stop you from using a potentially helpful medication. It's important to address these concerns so that you have all the information. This way you can make an informed decision of whether to start the medication, and you will also be prepared to deal with any side effects or other problems that may come your way while you are taking the medication.

Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about which side effects the drug can cause, how likely they are to happen, and what to do if you experience them. If you have other specific concerns, such as the cost of the medication or a fear of injections, tell your doctor. Financial assistance is available. Injection training can help you overcome your fear and inject yourself with confidence, and injection forms such as prefilled syringes can help make it easier for you to use injectable medications.

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