Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that impacts more and more people each day. In fact, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in a single week, doctors diagnose about 200 Americans with MS.
Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, scientists haven’t been able to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. That said, researchers recently stumbled onto a new drug which appears to significantly reduce flare-ups.
Recently, researchers put a new MS drug to the test in clinical trials that included about 1,200 subjects. Ultimately, they found that the drug, dubbed “BG-12,” produced about a 50 percent reduction in flare-ups, when compared to placebo treatments.
Unfortunately, before BG-12 finds its way into pharmacies, it will require approval from the Food and Drug Administration. This means more clinical trials to evaluate the drug’s safety. According to researchers, the drug is already known for causing nausea, upper abdominal pain, flushing and gastrointestinal issues. More tests are needed to determine if BG-12 also causes long-term health problems. Until then, MS patients are left waiting for an existing treatment that will provide relief.
Getting Help Now
If you suffer from multiple sclerosis, you don’t have to wait for some experimental drug to hit the market. Many people experience very real, lasting relief from MS symptoms when they wear an oral appliance which relieves pressure on important nerves and blood vessels that support brain function. To learn more about this simple treatment for MS symptoms, contact Dr. Winber’s office today or call the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado at (303) 691-0267 to schedule your consultation.