Hang in there. My neuro loves cytoxan. She says it is really effective in shutting down progressive MS. She has many patients that start out on copaxone then start progressing and she puts them on a few rounds of Cytoxan, they stabilize then she puts them right back onto the copaxone. It is a therapy she loves and has lots of success with. You will do great.
Cytoxan is a chemotherapy infusion. It is typically used for treating leukemias and lymphomas. It is also used in treating autoimmune disorders such as vasculitis, lupus and MS. It has the typical chemotherapy side effects. Some hair loss, nausea, flu like chills that sort of thing. It can cause a reduction in your immune system and so many have to take some time off from work. In MS, it is considered a immunomodulator. There is a limited lifetime dose of cytoxan for MS. Many people take cytoxan for a year or two then return to a more traditional therapy such a copaxone.
Cytoxan is administered via IV at the hospital.
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