Disease modifying drugs

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If you have relapses with your MS, disease modifying drugs (DMDs) might be a suitable treatment for you. 

They’re not a cure for MS, but they can reduce the number of relapses you experience. It’s not yet known if any of the drugs can slow the rate of disability in the long term.

Clinical trials have shown that disease modifying drugs (DMDs) reduce the number of MS relapses by around a third over two years. 





Like all drugs, DMDs cause some side effects, and have criteria for who can access them. The most common drugs are injected. 

Find out more about these drugs

Other treatments are sometimes used which aren’t licensed specifically for treating MS. This is known as ‘off-label’ use.

Find out more about off-label drugs for MS.

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