Be There for Them—Every Step of the Way
You can be your loved one's best resource
The support of friends and family can be a big source of strength for people who have multiple sclerosis (MS)-related problems with walking. You can help your loved one by trying to better understand the disease, how it may affect or has affected their walking, and what options are available for treatment.
Watch a one-on-one interview with a family living with MS as they talk about how a caregiver may help.
AMPYRA is indicated as a treatment to improve walking in patients with MS. 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%). This was demonstrated by an increase in walking speed.
Not everyone responds to AMPYRA. Individual results may vary.
When someone living with MS has walking problems, how can family members help?Joy Bryant:
Being sympathetic and being patient. And you know, Ben is very good at mentioning things. Maybe not telling me, but mentioning. "Did you notice that you did this the other day when we were at whatever restaurant?"
So it takes a very gentle tongue to bring something like that up with someone who has MS. But I think if it's said in the most caring way, then it's accepted, it's received and it does help.
Here are some other ways you can help:
Knowing about MS and how it can affect walking — and knowing what the person you care for is going through — are good first steps to being a partner-in-care. Many resources are available to educate you about MS. This website is designed to educate people with MS and their care partners about AMPYRA® (dalfampridine). See the What Is AMPYRA? section of this site.
Learn about AMPYRA and how it's taken
AMPYRA should be taken twice a day about every 12 hours, with or without food. AMPYRA tablets shouldn't be divided, crushed, chewed, or dissolved. If your loved one forgets to take a dose of AMPYRA, for example, it's important for you to know that they shouldn't take a double dose next time or try to make up a missed dose.
Get more safety information about AMPYRA.
Not everyone responds to AMPYRA. Individual results may vary
It's important that your loved one is taking AMPYRA exactly as their doctor prescribed. AMPYRA is the only FDA-approved medication shown to improve walking in people with MS. AMPYRA improved walking in significantly more people than placebo (sugar pill) in two clinical trials (34.8% vs. 8.3% and 42.9% vs. 9.3%). Improving your loved one's walking may help with even the simplest things, like keeping up with friends and family. Not everyone responds to AMPYRA. Individual results may vary.
Some people experience improvement in their walking ability within a couple of weeks. Others notice improvement up to 6 weeks after starting. AMPYRA does not work for everyone. Individual results may vary.
Keep up the dialogue with the doctors
Establish a positive relationship and open dialogue with your loved one’s entire healthcare team. You can help prepare for the visit by making a list of questions and by taking notes during the appointment. Review the Talking to Your Doctor Discussion Guide before the visit to help you and your loved one plan your conversation with the doctor.