Multiple Sclerosis Interferon

Interferon gamma

Interferon gamma (Photo credit: AJC1)

Multiple sclerosis interferon based medications are currently prescribed by doctors as part of their strategy to prevent the disease from progressing. These medications use different types of interferons.

Interferon beta-1a is made naturally in the cells of mammals. The other popularly utilized interferon is beta-1b. Beta-1b is made by modified E.coli.

Doctors prescribe them because they reduce the likelihood that a patient will have a relapse by as much as 38%. Less new lesions form on people who have been treated using this technique.

Like the Liberation Treatment for multiple sclerosis, interferon therapy is controversial. Researchers involved in a British Columbia study have stated that interferons may not prevent long term disability.

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