Here is My Question:
Hi, I have been taking Tecfidera for 2 weeks and already have seen an improvement. Is it normal to see an improvement so fast? Thanks.
Tecfidera, like all DMTs, do not improve symptoms but help alter the disease course (measured by neurological exam disability scoring, confirmed relapse frequency, and new lesion formation on MRI of the brain). These metrics are determined in the clinic with the treating physician (it is possible to have persisting symptoms while the DMT controlling the underlying MS disease course).
I wouldn’t draw the conclusion that tecfidera (or other DMT) is improving your symptoms. I’d take the ‘win’ that you are feeling better and leave it at that!
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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