What treatments are available for acute relapses of multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Treatment of acute relapses is as follows:

  • Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol) can hasten recovery from an acute exacerbation of MS

  • Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) can be used short term for severe attacks if steroids are contraindicated or ineffective [5]

  • Dexamethasone is commonly used for acute transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalitis

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