Is AMPYRA Right for You?
Talk to your healthcare team. Ask if AMPYRA may be right for you
Discussing your walking with your doctor is important. Walking might affect other aspects of your life, from crossing the street in time to make the light, meeting friends at a nearby coffee house, or enjoying a walk with your family.
If you have noticed changes in your walking don’t wait, talk to your healthcare provider to see if AMPYRA® (dalfampridine) may be right for you.
The Talking to Your Doctor Discussion Guide can start the conversation. It's a free tool to help you assess your walking so you can prepare for your next doctor's visit and explain what you are experiencing.
Watch a one-on-one interview with an MS nurse practitioner as she talks about real-life examples one should look for to assess changes in walking when deciding if AMPYRA may be right for you.
AMPYRA is indicated as a treatment to improve walking in patients with MS. This was demonstrated by an increase in walking speed. AMPYRA improved walking in significantly more people with MS than placebo (sugar pill) in two clinical trials (34.8% vs. 8.3% and 42.9% vs. 9.3%).
Not everyone responds to AMPYRA. Individual results may vary.
When you discuss walking with patients, what kind of questions do you ask them?Tracy Walker:
I usually ask patients, you know, "What kind of activities of daily living uh.. are affected by your walking? Can you still clean? Can you still cook? Can you get to the bathroom on time?" You know, important things like that. Is that-- are those being affected uh.. by the walking?
Can I take AMPYRA with my current multiple sclerosis (MS) medication?
Yes, you can take AMPYRA even if you are taking other medications for MS, including disease-modifying therapies. AMPYRA is not meant to replace your current MS medication.
AMPYRA can be taken alone or with your other MS medications. It can be taken by people with any of the four major types of MS.
Who shouldn't take AMPYRA?
Talk to your doctor to see if AMPYRA may be right for you. Do not take AMPYRA if you have ever had a seizure or have certain types of kidney problems, or are allergic to dalfampridine (4-aminopyridine), the active ingredient in AMPYRA.
What should I tell my doctor before I start taking AMPYRA?
You must tell your doctor if you have ever had a seizure or if you have kidney problems or if you are allergic to dalfampridine (4-aminopyridine), the active ingredient in AMPYRA.
Tell your doctor if you are currently taking forms of 4-aminopyridine (fampridine, 4-AP). These have the same active ingredient as AMPYRA and should be stopped before taking AMPYRA.
Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if AMPYRA will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor will decide if you should take AMPYRA while you are pregnant.
You should also tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known if AMPYRA passes into breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take AMPYRA or breast-feed. You should not do both.