What experimental agents are currently in development for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), and what are the adverse effects?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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More oral agents are under development (eg, laquinimod). [115, 116]

In a randomized, double-blind trial involving 30 patients with relapsing-remitting MS, a skin patch delivering a mixture of 3 myelin peptides (MBP85-99, PLP139-151, and MOG35-55) significantly reduced the number of gadolinium-enhanced (Gd+) lesions on MRI, as well as reduced the annual relapse rate in patients wearing the patch for 1 year. [117, 118] The most common adverse effect in those receiving myelin peptides was local reaction in the area of the skin patch, followed by redness and moderate itching.


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