Methylprednisolone therapy is often used to alleviate the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis; however, many patients cannot tolerate the treatment. In certain cases, patients may experience adverse events included anxiety, insomnia, and even psychosis.
According to a recent study, hormonal therapy has proved to be an effective alternative for MS patients, who have had adverse reactions to methylprednisolone therapy. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to this treatment.
Pros and Cons
To assess the efficacy of hormonal therapy as a treatment for MS, researchers injected 18 patients with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) gel over a period of 5 to 7 days. Ultimately, all subjects responded relatively well to the hormonal treatments, with 10 reporting “good” responses, four reporting “excellent” responses and one reporting only a “minimal” response.
Unfortunately, researchers say the high cost of ACTH treatment makes it a poor substitute for methylprednisolone therapy; what’s more, health professionals cannot predict whether this type of drastic therapy might result in serious health problems down the road.
A Safer Treatment
Multiple sclerosis patients experience a host of debilitating symptoms that leave them desperate for relief. Fortunately, many sufferers experience relief from symptoms when they wear an oral appliance. This simple treatment cannot cure MS; however, for many, it can provide significant relief. Contact Dr. Winber's office online or call (303) 691-0267 today to learn more about this safe, effective treatment for MS.