What to know about steroids and MS
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    Multiple sclerosis attacks the protective coating around the nervous
    system. People with the condition often experience periods of severe
    symptoms, or flares. The flares may become more frequent over time as
    the condition progresses.
    Although there is no cure for multiple
    sclerosis (MS), some treatments — including steroids — can help slow the
    progression of the condition and reduce symptom severity during flares.Steroids powder



    A doctor may prescribe intravenous or oral steroids when a person
    with MS experiences a flare. However, although steroids can be effective
    for reducing the severity and duration of a person's symptoms during
    the flare, they can cause unpleasant side effects.



    For this reason, a doctor may only recommend steroids when a person
    has a severe flare that interferes with their ability to function.



    Doctors may be more likely to prescribe a round of steroids for a
    person with an MS flare if they are experiencing any of the following
    symptoms:The steroids that doctors use to treat MS flares are
    glucocorticoids. These reduce inflammation, which is a trigger for MS
    symptoms.



    Doctors often use glucocorticoids to treat other health conditions in
    which inflammation plays a role, such as asthma and severe allergy
    attacks.



    For treating MS flares, a doctor will often suggest intravenous
    methylprednisolone once per day for 3–5 days. Sometimes, they choose to
    follow the intravenous steroid treatment with steroid pills, which the
    person will take in a tapering dosage for an additional 1–2 weeks.



    In the past, many doctors presumed that intravenous forms of steroids
    were the best. However, a recent study showed that high dosages of oral
    steroids are just as effective.Doctors typically use steroids to help a
    person experiencing a symptom flare. Steroid treatment will help a
    person with MS recover from the acute symptoms of the flare.



    However, steroids do not have a lasting or profound impact on the
    overall treatment of MS. So, healthcare providers do not consider
    steroids a primary form of treatment for MS.



    Often, the symptoms that a person experiences during a flare will
    gradually get better on their own. Not everyone who has a flare will
    require steroids to recover. A person should speak to their healthcare
    provider to determine whether steroids are a suitable treatment option
    for them.



    It is important to note that people with an active infection should
    not take steroids. Infections, such as colds or urinary tract
    infections, can make MS symptoms worse.



    Steroids can also make an infection worse, so people should let their doctor know if they are sick before taking steroids.

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