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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
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User :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   sir i need information regarding MS
Doctor :   ok
User :   multiple sclerosis
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details -Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No
User :   26, female,single,68,no
User :   she was diagnosed a year back with severe demylination shown in mri
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Multiple sclerosis isit
Doctor :   ok
User :   she is now taking steroids and the doctor has adviced avonex weekly
Doctor :   ok
User :   the cost is too much its about rs /week
Doctor :   ok
User :   can u suggest any alternatives plz..
Doctor :   can I know the treatment that is given now
Doctor :   the names of them
User :   the tablet is predment 16mg
User :   taking one everymorning
Doctor :   Ok Avomet is the Interferon injections
Doctor :   that are given weekly
User :   yes sir
Doctor :   that is the first best treatment
Doctor :   considered for any initial diagnosis of MS
User :   i heared about LDN-low dose naltrexone used for bout that
Doctor :   they are the pain relieving medicines
Doctor :   not the disease suppressing drugs
User :   considering high cost of avonex is there any alternative
Doctor :   Doctors generally recommend beta interferons for people who have more than one attack of MS a year and for those who don't recover well from flare-ups.
Doctor :   The treatment may also be used for people who have a significant buildup of new lesions as seen on an MRI scan, even when there may not be major new symptoms of disease activity.
User :   but that is least affordable...
Doctor :   Look yu have to believe that the interferons are the best drugs for the lesions of MS
Doctor :   and they aret he newly developed drugs
Doctor :   tha can control the attacks in future
Doctor :   the doctor is try ing to prevnt the futruer attacks
Doctor :   so the interferosn are costly affair though
Doctor :   but the quality of life is more imp to the patient
Doctor :   and for the doctor too
User :   how effective are those...
User :   can she live a normal live ever
Doctor :   Look the prognosis of the MS depends on the type of MS
Doctor :   liek relapsing remitting type, progressive type and the primary typpe
Doctor :   the treatment primarily has the interferons
Doctor :   and the short steroids
Doctor :   and newer things like Glatrimer acetate
User :   what will happen if she continues to take steroids for more than a year
User :   she is already on it for 8months
Doctor :   there may be soem side effects
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions
User :   yes
Doctor :   as far as i know the treatment your wife is going through
Doctor :   is right enough
Doctor :   and you have to believe it to be costly
User :   how long we need to take avonex
User :   is there any age limit
User :   this is my final question
Doctor :   The treatment is surely modified with the follow up examination
Doctor :   the coping of her
Doctor :   the disability limitation
Doctor :   and her physical activity
User :   but not curable?
Doctor :   The idea of treatment is to prevent the attacks
Doctor :   and not the already happened attacks
Doctor :   sorry lesions
Doctor :   in the nerves
User :   ok..thank you very much doctor
Doctor :   Pl confirm
Doctor :   the details
Doctor :   we can send you better info
Doctor :   if we find something good
Doctor :   on our research
Doctor :   pl fill the feedback form and say done when done
User :   thanks a lot sir.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting
Doctor :   bye
User :   bye
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