Is There Oral Medication For Multiple Sclerosis?

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These oral disease-modifying therapies are approved for treating relapsing MS:
  • Fingolimod (Gilenya). People with heart disorders or related conditions can't use fingolimod and you must take the first dose in a clinic under medical supervision. It also requires monitoring of vision because of a risk of buildup of fluid in the macula.
  • Teriflunomide (Aubagio). Possible side effects include a headache, diarrhea, nausea, elevation in liver enzymes and hair thinning. Teriflunomide can be harmful to a developing fetus. People with liver conditions also shouldn't use it.
  • Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera). Common side effects include flushing and gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea and nausea.
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