The lives and health of people with RRMS change in the same ways as those of people without RRMS. People in their 20s have different experiences, goals and needs than when they are in their 40s or 60s. Some people want to stop taking DMTs for a short time to get pregnant or have treatment for another health condition. Some people need to stop taking DMTs because their MS has worsened and/or the DMT is not working for them [14, 19-26]. Some DMTs need to be stopped slowly for the medication to leave a person’s body a little bit at a time. For some DMTs, stopping the medication too quickly can mean people have a relapse. The time taken from when a person stops taking a treatment to when the body is free of its chemicals is known as a washout period. Each DMT has a different wash out period.
Most people with RRMS taking a DMT will switch to another option over time. It can take up to six months before people know if a DMT option is working at its full strength. When people are deciding whether to keep or stop taking a DMT option, they are thinking about how their RRMS is changing, the effect of relapses on their health, the effect of the DMT on their longer-term health, their life plans, and the future plans of those people close to them.
The types of decisions people make are: change medication in same group of DMT types, change medication to one from a different DMT group, stop taking any DMT for a health-related reason.
Given what you know about taking a DMT, which of these statements best matches your view about your DMT decision