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Talking to Your Doctor

Since relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong condition, it's important to develop open and clear lines of communication with your neurologist.

About your neurologist

A neurologist specializes in treating diseases of the nervous system, like MS.
Your neurologist can:

  • Give you a definitive diagnosis of MS
  • Monitor your symptoms over time
  • Recommend and prescribe the MS therapy that's right for you

Make the most of each visit

Your time with your neurologist is precious. Use it to get answers to your questions and you will benefit from your doctor's insights. Remember, your appointment is about you and your relapsing MS. Don't feel rushed, or worry about wasting the doctor's time. The more information you can give your doctor about symptoms, flare-ups, and general health, the better equipped he or she will be to help treat your relapsing MS. Review the Questions for Your Neurologist form before your visit to help you plan your conversation with your doctor.

Before your appointment

  • Write down your questions, starting with the most important ones
  • Ask a friend or family member to go with you to take notes and share their perspective after the visit
  • Prepare a list of medications you are currently taking, including strength and dosing schedule

At the doctor's office

  • If you don't understand something don't be afraid to ask the doctor for clarification
  • Repeat what the doctor told you in your own words to make sure you understand
  • Be sure you understand each treatment option

Also, find out what types of support services are available for each MS medication you discuss with your neurologist. For example, AVONEX offers a wide range of personalized services designed to help you get the most from your treatment.

Questions for Your Neurologist
Find out more about your condition before you start treatment.
Download and print this guide now and bring it to your next appointment.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for additional important safety information. This information is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider.


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