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Talk to your Doctor About Relapsing MS

Take an active role by talking to your doctor

Stay committed to your RMS treatment by taking advantage of educational opportunities available to you. Understanding RMS and what it entails will help you to have informed conversations with your doctor about your treatment. The more information you have, the more empowered you will be when you need to make important decisions with your doctor.1

Get started on educating yourself with these helpful educational resources.

Making an informed relapsing MS therapy decision: Ask questions that matter

No matter where you are in your RRMS journey, making an informed decision about treatment begins by having an honest discussion with your doctor. Preparing your questions ahead of time can help you make the most out of your appointment and find the answers you need to make the best choice for you.

Start by getting to know the available relapsing MS therapies. Here are some suggested questions to ask (You may have others as well):

Ask about effectiveness

  • Is this therapy effective in reducing relapses?
  • Does this therapy have any impact on MRI measures?
  • What are the risks and benefits associated with this therapy?

Ask about tolerability

  • What kind of side effects can I expect from this therapy?
  • How will this therapy fit into my days, weekends, and lifestyle?

Ask about safety

  • What can you tell me about the safety profile of this treatment?
  • How does this therapy affect my immune system?

Ask about support
Does the therapy provide a support network and free assistance in any, or all, of the following areas?

  • Getting started on therapy
  • Financial concerns, including co-pay assistance, for those who are eligible
  • General relapsing MS information and educational programs
  • Overall health tips
  • MS-certified nurse phone support, 24/7
  • In-home, 1-on-1 injection training
  • Ability to connect with others living with MS

Ask about general health tips

  • What does a well balanced diet consist of?
  • Discuss salt intake
  • Are you active enough?
  • Ways to manage stress
  • Importance of sleep
  • Weight regulation
  • Importance of quitting smoking
  • Benefits of vitamin D

What to consider when choosing a relapsing MS therapy

As the treatment landscape evolves, hearing about the development and approval of new therapies can be encouraging for those living with RMS. With more options becoming available, it’s natural to evaluate and reflect on your own therapy experience. Being well informed and initiating discussions with your doctor can be helpful in these situations.

As you consider your options, remember that, like most things, you need to feel confident in your therapy choice before you commit to it. When considering a relapsing MS therapy, be sure to ask your doctor about its efficacy, safety, and tolerability profile.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society advises:

“The decision to take a disease-modifying therapy is best made through careful consideration of the disease course you are experiencing, your lifestyle and the known side effects and potential risks and benefits of each of the therapies. A full discussion with a knowledgeable healthcare professional is the best guide for your choice among the available options. Each person's body or disease can respond to these medications in different ways and the medication that is the best option for one person may not be the best option for another person.”

Stay informed and connected with Teva’s Shared Solutions®

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with relapsing MS for some time, you can turn to Shared Solutions® as a source of support, knowledge, and answers. Teva’s Shared Solutions® can help you stay current and well informed about relapsing MS and COPAXONE® therapy–and even connect you with an MS Peer* whose experiences and circumstances are similar and relevant to yours. Multiple sclerosis (MS)-certified nurses are on call around the clock to answer your questions and provide a network of support to help you stay motivated and committed to your relapsing MS therapy.

Call Shared Solutions® today at 1-800-887-8100 to discuss therapy or to be connected with an MS Peer*.

Hear Dr. Mitzi Williams* explain how to prepare for your doctor's appointments.
*Has been compensated by Teva.
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