I was reading on another MS information site that they are testing out and some have already, taken Chemo for thier MS symptoms? Has anyone heard of this? It also said that this can stop some of the symptoms, or help with relapses? I don't know much about this, and there wasnt a lot of information to grab. Has anyone heard of this?
I would really like to read up on this. Could you please send me the site where you got this information. I actually have heard of chemo helping MS patients but I forgot until I read your post. I'm pretty desperate right now and I'm about to the point where I'll try anything for relief. My symptoms and pain have become almost unbearable.
Actually, a number of chemotherapy drugs have been tried for MS. Novantrone, as mentioned, is one. I believe it is used for the progressive forms, but has cardiac issues associated with it. Methotrexate, Azathioprine (Imuran), and Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) are others that have been used to try to suppress MS activity.
Then there are the monoclonal antibodies. Tysabri (natalizumab) is one of these. Rituxan and Campath, which is showing promising results for RRMS, are also being used.
I am one the patients that have been taking chemo for my MS for over two years. I had terrible allergy problems with the standard MS drugs. I have been taking methotrexate with a folic acid suppliment as I already stated for over two years. I have had great success with this treatment.
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