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Old 12-08-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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neutral reaction

Can we use Avonex for the treatment of optic nerve sclerosis?
Is there a neutral reaction for Avonex and how we can avoid it?

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:43 AM   #2
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Re: neutral reaction

Hi there and welcome to healthboards. I think you are going to have to expand and elaborate on your post alittle bit.

THere is no such thing as Optical Sclerosis. There is optical neuritis, which can be a part of multiple sclerosis. Optical neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve. It can be part of MS or it can be a stand alone disease, but Avonex wont cure it.

The only cure for any type of eye issue which includees inflamation is Intervenous (IV) steroids..they are given usually at either 500 or 1000 mgs a day for 3-5 days. That reduces the inflammation.

Avonex is a disease modifying drug which is used to prevent the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. Its not guaranteed, in fact, its only about 30% of people who inject Avonex who actually do stop progression. There are several other drugs also available, some with higher and better outcomes statistically.

As for a neutral reaction....what exactly are you looking for in this question. Neutral reaction usually means that an acid and base react with a salt, forming water. I dont believe that is what you are asking. Im very unclear as to what you mean by this question. Could you please try to ask it again?

Avonex is an interferon, which is a chemical found in the brain naturally, its only approved use is to slow the progression of MS. Its given by injecting the solution into a muscle in the body, once a week. And it takes up to 6 months to start working. The side effects of Avonex are fairly rough. Because it is only injected weekly, they tend never to go away....Rebif is another injectable Interferon, which tends to help side effects stop sooner because it is given 3 times a week. im not sure if you needed this information or not..

Sorry I cant help you more specifically....but feel free to come back and ask your questions with alittle more details, maybe we can supply you with all the info you are seeking.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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Re: neutral reaction

Welcome.

Here is a link to a government site with an up-to-date on Optic Neuritis and treatment which should give you the information you need; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3178158/

There are some clinical trials underway in Japan, but from what my friends in Japan have said, it is not promising. ON was once predominant in Japan among those with ON or MS; therefore, that was a research area the Japanese researchers were evaluating. As MS cases in Japan have increased, less funding is now available for ON.

If ON is your only diagnosis, any of the MS DMDs would not likely be made available to you because you do not have MS. I hope that your doctor monitors you closely to assure that your ON does not develop into MS.
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