Just reading though so many different things on MS drugs and seem to get the impression that at of people have taking more and one MS drug... Like someone said... " I was taking Copaxsone than I went to Avonex than Rebif than to Betasero and now I am on Tysabri." So my question to sum it up... WHY so many different drugs? I get they may not work but how long did you know until they were not working? With this drugs being so strong and different per person why do people change them… read more
I went to a presentation put on by Copaxone. The neurologist that was paid by them to speak, talked about all the DMDs and how his patients are on many different ones.
It's a matter of trial and error on how your body will react to a given drug. It comes down to picking one, trying it, giving it enough time for it to take action, monitoring for signs of new lesions, if it works and no new lesions appear, stay on it until new lesions start appearing it again (can be less than a year or could be many many years), if it doesn't work or your body reacts to it negatively (some people have had severe side effects to some drugs), try something different.
Most of the time because the drug isn't working to slow it down. Some because of the horse side effect's. Each person's body is different and so you have to find the one that work's for you. That is why doctor's are having shuts a problem with it. I say why do we need a drug that isn't going to cure it anyway. There isn't a cure yet !! Doctor's need to look and fine what is causing it in the first place, not try to hide it but cure it.
Each person is different and reacts different to meds. In my case I started with copaxone was on it 6yrs then it starting leaving indents in my fat tissue. Then went to rebif which did not work and now I am on Aubagio. Unfortunately it is a trial in error situation. They start you off on the least strongest and move when/if needed.
The docs no longer get the "kick backs" HOWEVER they ARE inundated with the drug-reps "hounding" them. SOME Neuros (and these are the ones I worry about, becuase this DOES seem like a kick-back) are HIRED by pharma to give presentations on said pharms companies DMD's