Multiple Sclerosis

Your neurology team at UCSF Medical Center, along with your primary care physician, will design a treatment plan tailored to your medical condition, state of health and individual needs. You may need more than one kind of treatment, or a treatment requiring several visits to the Multiple Sclerosis Center. Also, you may be referred to other doctors or health professionals.

Doctors and researchers have identified four categories of treatment for patients with MS:

  • Treatment that reduces the severity and duration of attacks
  • Treatment to cure or eliminate the biological activity of MS in the body
  • Treatment to relieve various symptoms such as incontinence, visual disturbances or fatigue
  • Treatment that repairs damage caused by MS

Treatments may involve some risks or complications, which will be fully explained to you by your neurologist.

Treatments may include one of many medications such as:

  • Beta interferon — A family of drugs that help fight viral infection and regulate your immune system
  • Glatiramer acetate — A drug that doctors believe works by blocking your immune system's attack on myelin
  • Immunosuppressive drugs — Drugs to suppress or control the immune system

Other medications may be prescribed to treat or control symptoms such as depression, fatigue, pain, spasticity and tremors. Treatment programs and services may include exercise and physical therapy, occupational therapy to help maintain your independence in daily living, and stress reduction.

Many new treatments, such as the use of statins or cholesterol-lowering drugs, are being developed and tested. Patients who are evaluated at the Multiple Sclerosis Center have the opportunity to participate in these studies of new treatments.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

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UCSF Clinics & Centers

Neurology and Neurosurgery

Multiple Sclerosis Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2069
Fax: (415) 353-2633
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