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Spasticity, which can occur either as a sustained stiffness caused by increased muscle tone or as spasms that come and go, is usually treated with muscle relaxants and tranquilizers, such as:
If psychological symptoms of fatigue, such as depression or apathy, are evident, antidepressant medications may help. Another drug that may reduce fatigue in some, but not all, patients is amantadine (Symmetrel®).
Although improvement of visual problems usually occurs even without treatment, a short course of treatment with intravenous methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol®) followed by treatment with oral steroids is sometimes used.
Dalfampridine (Ampyra™) is a medication that has been approved to treat the MS symptom of slow walking.

Physical Therapy

MS treatments can also include physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Physical therapy and exercise can help preserve remaining function, and patients may find that various aids -- such as foot braces, canes, and walkers -- can help them remain independent and mobile.

Emotional Support

A very important part of treating MS is the emotional support. If you have MS, you may feel anxiety, anger, and fear. You may also need help in getting treatment for the depression that often comes with MS.
Caring for someone with active MS requires a team approach. In addition to physicians and nurses, other members of your healthcare team can include:
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Social worker
  • Counselor.
The ultimate goals of MS treatments are to enable you to be as independent as possible while helping you deal with the intense emotional aspects of a disease that can become disabling.
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