Here is My Question:
Are there any known cases of elderly (85-90 year old) MS patients discontinuing use of Avonex? My mother is considering this, she has been taking the injections for about 10 years. She gives as her reasons: we do not know for sure if they are effective, it is a hassle to get to the weekly appointment, etc. I do think she has not gotten much worse, but she is 89 so she is slowing down! I have spoken to her doctor, and though she does not recommend discontinuing, she would not argue with my mom!
It is hard to provide personalized advice without knowing the details of your mother’s case, so let me provide some thoughts to help you and your mother consider your question.
It is far more important for your mom to remain physically and mentally as activate as possible and continue socialization with friends and family. Instead of a weekly visit for an Avonex shot she might consider a weekly visit with friends for a mutually enjoyable and stimulating activity. Again, I do not know the details of this case, so please discuss the points above with her physician.
Best of luck to her.
Revere Kinkel MD
Director of the UCSD Multiple Sclerosis Program
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