Life with MS & EDS

January 23, 2009

Someday a pill will come

Filed under: Uncategorized — by mseds @ 3:44 pm

There’s promising news on the horizon that there will someday (hopefully someday soon) be a pill for treating Multiple Sclerosis.  Merck release a statement that they are a step closer to releasing oral medication to treat MS called cladribine.  They conducted a promising study in Europe which showed a 60 percent reduction in relapses.  While data is not yet available on the effectiveness of cladribine in slowing the progression of MS, they anticipate data will be available soon.

Although this doesn’t change anything at the moment and there’s a good chance this medication won’t be the next greatest thing in MS treatment, it gives me hope that I’ll someday have an alternative to shots (should I ever get to start taking those in the first place!)



  1. Please read my blog regarding cladribine and my early experiences with it in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I sure hope the pill form is better than the IV form.


    Comment by Anne — February 1, 2009 @ 5:59 am

  2. Hi Anne,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences! It does make this sound less promising. Hopefully what they are doing now is vastly improved since then. I’m hopeful that one of these days they’ll figure out a pill that works without significant side effects.


    Comment by mseds — February 2, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

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