Living your life

Flexibility with your DMT

Choosing a disease-modifying therapy (DMT) that best aligns with your needs is critical in managing your multiple sclerosis (MS). However, your needs can change over time. Your DMT shouldn’t hold you back from living your life the way that you want to or from achieving your future goals.

That’s why it’s important to understand how long your DMT will stay in your body and how long its effects will last. This can help you be flexible if your needs change or your healthcare professional wants you to pause your medication.

Sometimes a treatment pause is needed—Know how quickly your DMT leaves your body

It’s always important to take your DMT as prescribed. However, there are times when you and your healthcare professional may discuss the need to pause treatment, so it's important to understand how long it takes your DMT to leave your body and how long its effects will last. For example, some DMTs take years to fully leave your body, and only then can you address certain needs. These include:

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Starting a family now or in the future

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Managing new or existing health conditions (eg, infections, certain vaccinations, and other medical conditions)

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Introducing new medications

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Switching to a DMT that works differently in your body

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Struggling with side effects

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Facing further disease progression, such as experiencing another relapse, or other symptoms of MS

While there are many reasons to pause or stop your DMT, it's worth noting that further disease activity may occur after stopping treatment, known as a rebound. Be sure to discuss pausing or stopping DMT treatment with your healthcare professional.

It's important to think about these factors when considering treatment options. Take the time to share your personal plans and lifestyle, such as family planning, with your healthcare professional. This can help you both prepare for unexpected needs and changes as they come up.