Why is it hard to stick with MS treatment?

Having trouble sticking with MS treatment? You're not alone. It's never easy to make a long-term change in your routine, and people with MS face other challenges that can make it even tougher to stick with treatment.

MS can make it physically harder to take your medications. For example, the disease-modifying medications are given by injection. Giving yourself an injection takes some skill at the best of times, and it's harder when you're having MS symptoms like coordination problems, fatigue, muscle spasms, tremors, and vision problems. Even opening a pill bottle can be a challenge. What can you do? See "Simple solutions for your MS medications."

Some people with MS may have cognitive problems, such as memory loss, trouble concentrating, or problems with reasoning. About 1 in 10 people has cognitive problems severe enough to interfere with daily activities, including taking medications. This means it can be harder to remember to take your medication, what it's for, or how to use it properly. Fortunately there are many things you can do about this - see "Simple solutions for your MS medications."

Others are reluctant to take their medication because of questions or concerns. If you're starting a long-term treatment, there may be many questions in your mind. What will this medication do for me? Will it keep my MS from getting worse? How long will it continue to work? What are the risks? Will I really be able to give myself an injection? Would another treatment be better?

If you don't know what to expect from the medication and don't have the information you need to weigh the risks and benefits, you may be much less likely to use it. But you can get the information you need. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. These health professionals can help you understand the possible risks and benefits of treatment for you. They can also help answer any specific questions or concerns you may have.

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