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What Is Fingolimod Used For?

Fingolimod is approved to treat multiple sclerosis in people age 18 and older. It is thought that this medication works by decreasing the number of certain white blood cells in the body (lymphocytes). Using fingolimod can help prevent relapses and delay physical disability caused by multiple sclerosis.

An Overview of Uses for Fingolimod

Fingolimod (Gilenya™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Specifically, it is approved to prevent relapses and to delay the development of physical disability due to MS.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and is the leading cause of disability among young adults. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can include:
There are four basic patterns or types of multiple sclerosis. The most common pattern is relapsing-remitting MS, which consists of episodes of symptoms that last for days or weeks, followed by periods of improvement (with little or no symptoms) for weeks or months. A less common pattern of multiple sclerosis is progressive MS, a steady worsening of symptoms from the first sign of illness. The two other main forms of multiple sclerosis include secondary-progressive and progressive-relapsing.
Fingolimod is approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in people with relapsing forms of the disease.
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