Your doctor has recommended that you start treatment with a disease-modifying therapy (DMT) to control your MS and has likely suggested a few medications for you to consider. Each has a unique profile (how and how often it’s taken, side effects, etc.). So it’s important to select one that fits with your personal needs, preferences and lifestyle. MS is a chronic disease that will need to be treated for many years to come.
Complete the following questions before seeing your MS nurse. Your answers will help the nurse understand more about you, tailor your discussions to better address your concerns and work with you to design a treatment regimen that will be more satisfactory to you.
Write out or check your answers. Your MS nurse can discuss these factors in greater detail at your next visit.
Note: Choosing the right medication is a difficult process. Your MS nurse will provide you with information about the drug therapies available. As you learn more, you may change your mind about what’s important to you. You may also decide that you would prefer another medication if you are having problems with side effects. That’s fine – the goal is to find the medication that most closely meets your needs!
Developed in collaboration with MS nurse advisors: Colleen Harris, Calgary, AB; Bonnie Blain, Red Deer, AB; Judith Brouillette, Montreal, QC; Janet Brown, St. John's, NL; Peggy Cook, Saint John, NB; Lynn McEwan, London, ON;Shirley McGowan, Saskatoon, SK; Jill Nelson, Vancouver, BC