, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 241-258

Management of Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Prophylactic Treatment—Past, Present, and Future Aspects

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access

Opinion statement

Whereas the number of treatment options in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is growing constantly, alternatives are rare in the case of secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). Besides mitoxantrone in North America and Europe, interferon beta-1b and beta-1a are approved for treatment in Europe. Glucocorticosteroids, azathioprine, intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) and cyclophosphamide (CYC), although not approved, are commonly utilized in SPMS. Currently monoclonal antibodies (mab), and masitinib are under examination for treatment for SPMS. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and immunoablative stem cell transplantation are therapies with the aim of reconstitution of the immune system. This review gives information on the different therapeutics and the trials that tested them. Pathophysiological considerations are presented in view of efficacy of the therapeutics. In addition, therapeutics that showed no efficacy in trials or with unacceptable side effects are topics of this review.