Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease believed to be caused by a malfunction of your immune system that has begun to attack the protective coating insulating your nerve fibers called myelin. The exposure and subsequent damage from MS to the nerve fibers can cause problems with your mobility. Talk to your doctor about Ampyra, a newer drug available that has shown to improve the ability to walk better for some of those with MS. Even a slight improvement from taking Ampyra that helps you get around better is worth a try.
Ampyra contains Dalfampridine, an extended release formula of a potassium channel blocker. When taken as directed, Ampyra will work to block the potassium channels on the nerve fiber’s surface. This action can help to improve nerve conduction in the nerves affected by MS. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but several different treatments are available to help in decreasing the symptoms, including physical therapy.
When you are first diagnosed with MS, it is most likely you have relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). This involves relapses or flare-ups that may present with a worsening of the symptoms you already had or new symptoms altogether. You may experience a full, partial, or no recovery from an attack.
Diagnosed with MS after the age of 40 is most commonly primary-progressive MS with symptoms that worsen gradually. Secondary-progressive MS usually begins as RRMS but there are no remissions, only a steady progression of symptoms that include fatigue, trouble thinking or planning, and vision or mobility problems.
Tell your doctor before you take Ampyra (Dalfampridine Extended Release) if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding as there may be a risk to your unborn or nursing baby. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and list any OTC or Rx medications you currently take or use, including alternative and complementary medicine or supplements, to be certain there will be no adverse reactions.
Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of your medications without talking to your doctor. If you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedures, inform the medical staff that you are taking Ampyra as you may be required to stop taking it pre- or post-operatively. Never share your meds with anyone else. Keep Ampyra out of children’s reach and away from pets.