I take Amantadine (brand name Symmetrel) 200 mg/day. I just started last week and I think it's helping a bit.
I'm glad you asked this question. So far, I just live with it. I am hopeful that I learn some new techniques from this poll, and when I visit the USC MS Center this week.
Wishing everyone a great evening,
Caffeine helps some. Fatigue is a constant for me but I have flares of it. I add more vitamins (food based) and digestive enzymes. Mostly I just wait it out until it.
Nothing works for my fatigue (I agree, though, that caffeine does help some). I was on Amantadine for about 8 months and recently told my neuro I didn't think it was working. She said to stop taking it to see if I notice a difference....and, nope, I don't. So, I guess Amantadine doesn't work for me.
I am with everyone else - I just push through it. I work 8-5 Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday 4 hours each day so I drink coffee and push through it take small breaks when I can.
My Neuro offered a RX for fatigue but I told him I take enough drugs already and seeing as how I don't work I'd just put up with the fatigue.
In hindsite, I wish I would have at least tried to find out what kind of drug he had in mind, whether or not I'd have to tkae them daily or just as needed, and what the side effects might be.
I plan to discuss this at my next Neuro appt iin Oct.
I've not tried meds for it. But, like Karen99 caffeine helps me. I keep it in me each day - just not alot at one time. I space it out so my insides don't get hopped up. Hopped up on the inside for MSers is a nightmare.
Find resting inbetween doing things helps - not sleeping or anything, just get the legs up on the table for intervals.
I had to vote "other"
I've had pretty rough fatigue since my latest flare and steroid treatment back in early Jan. I tried nuvigil, starting with 1/2 of a 250 mg pill, but that gave me rapid heartbeat, so I tried taking a 1/4 of a pill and it still gave me rapid heartbeat. At that point I decided making it through a day without napping wasn't worth the heart issues :-(
Right now I probably nap 3 or 4 days a week, at least. I also have 2 cups of coffee in the morning and a third cup around 3:30 or so in the afternoon.
Reduce refined sugar and saturated fat
Caffeine - 2-3 cups of coffee/day
Moderate cardio when able