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  • Stan_3r
    My wife was recently diagnosed with MS and her doctor is pushing Avonex or Rebif and basically discounted the option of Copaxone, would there be a reason it would be skipped for the other drug treatments?  She has 2 spots on spine and few symptoms such as numbness/tingling in hands, legs and torso.  2nd spot showed up in MRI month after 1st MRI. 2nd MRI was called when numbness started.  She is 33.
  • MS_Navigator_Brian
    Hello Stan,
    Thanks for posting.  The best way to know the answer, is to ask the neurologist directly.  It is possible that he or she has had better results prescribing  the interferon beta-1a, (rebif or avonex). Although, the other options (copaxone,betaseron, gilenya, aubagio,extavia, tysabri and novantrone) should be considered equally.  Each disease modifying medication has been proven to slow progression in clinical trials
    You and your wife may choose to get a second opinion.  If you need this type of resource, please feel free to contact us. I have included an educational link to the DMDs below.
    LINK: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/what-we-know-about-ms/treatments/index.aspx
    I hope this information is helpful.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call us Monday-Friday at 1-800-344-4867, option 1 (7am-5pm, MST), or email us using the “Contact Us” form on our website http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ContactUs.aspx.
    Brian