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  The following table lists the medications commonly used in the management of MS. For each product, the table gives the chemical name, the brand name, and the common usage in MS, as well as its availability in the United States and Canada. Products available without a prescription are so indicated (+).  
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amantadine Fatigue
mineral oil+ Constipation
papaverine Erectile dysfunction
Antivert (US)
Bonamine (Can)
meclizine Nausea; Vomiting; Dizziness
Atarax hydroxyzine Paroxysmal itching
Avonex interferon beta-1a Disease-modifying agent
Bactrim; Septra sulfamethoxazole Urinary tract infections
Betaseron interferon beta-1b Disease-modifying agent
Cialis tadalafil Erectile dysfunction
Cipro ciprofloxacin Urinary tract infections
Colace docusate+ Constipation
Copaxone glatiramer acetate Disease-modifying agent
Cymbalta duloxetine hydrochloride Depression, Pain (neuropathic)
Dantrium dantrolene Spasticity
DDAVP Nasal Spray desmopressin Urinary frequency
DDAVP Tablets desmopressin Urinary frequency
Decadron dexamethasone Acute exacerbations
Deltasone prednisone Acute exacerbations
Detrol (US) tolterodine Bladder dysfunction
Dilantin phenytoin Pain (dyesthesias)
Ditropan oxybutynin Bladder dysfunction
Ditropan XL oxybutynin (extended release formula) Bladder dysfunction
Dulcolax bisacodyl+ Constipation
Effexor venlafaxine Depression
Elavil amitriptyline Pain (paresthesias)
Enablex darifenacin Bladder dysfunction
Enemeez® Mini Enema docusate stool softener laxative+ Constipation
Fleet Enema sodium phosphate+ Constipation
Flomax tamsulosin Bladder dysfunction
H.P. Acthar Gel adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) Acute exacerbations
Hiprex; Mandelamine
methenamine Urinary tract infections (preventative)
Hytrin terazosin Bladder dysfunction
Intrathecal Baclofen
(ITB Therapy)
baclofen (intrathecal) Spasticity
Klonopin (US)
Rivotril (Can)
clonazepam Tremor; Pain; Spasticity
Laniazid; Nydrazid isoniazid Tremor
Levitra vardenafil Erectile dysfunction
Lioresal baclofen Spasticity
Macrodantin nitrofurantoin Urinary tract infections
Metamucil psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid+ Constipation
Minipress prazosin Bladder dysfunction
MUSE alprostadil Erectile dysfunction
Neurontin gabapentin Pain (dysesthesias)
Novantrone mitoxantrone Disease-modifying agent
Oxytrol (Oxybutynin Transdermal System) oxybutynin Bladder dysfunction
Pamelor (US)
Aventyl (Can)
nortriptyline Pain (parasthesias)
Paxil paroxetine Depression
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia magnesium hydroxide+ Constipation
Pro-Banthine propantheline bromide Bladder dysfunction
Prostin VR alprostadil Erectile dysfunction
Provigil modafinil Fatigue
Prozac fluoxetine Depression; Fatigue
Pyridium phenazopyridine Urinary tract infections (symptom relief)
Rebif interferon beta-1a Disease-modifying agent
Sanctura trospium chloride Bladder dysfunction
Sani-Supp suppository (US) glycerin+ Constipation
Solu-Medrol methylprednisolone Acute exacerbations
Tegretol carbamazepine Pain (trigeminal neuralgia)
Tofranil imipramine Bladder dysfunction; Pain
Tysabri natalizumab Disease-modifying agent
Valium diazepam Spasticity (muscle spasms)
Vesicare (US) solifenacin succinate Bladder dysfunction
Viagra sildenafil Erectile dysfunction
Wellbutrin bupropion Depression
Zanaflex tizanidine Spasticity
Zoloft sertraline Depression

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+ Available without a prescription.

* Available in both US and Canada unless otherwise noted.

Important: Make sure your physician knows about all the medications you're taking: prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, vitamins and supplements.
  Last updated September 17, 2007