For Family and Friends
The support of friends and family can be a big source of strength for people who have walking difficulties related to multiple sclerosis (MS). You can help your loved one by trying to better understand the disease, how it may affect their walking, and how AMPYRA® (dalfampridine) may help.
Here are some ways to lend support:
- Start simple — tell your loved one that you want the best for them, and that you have questions about their walking. They might be waiting for an opportunity to admit they have concerns
- Encourage your loved one to fill out a discussion guide before meeting with their healthcare team to help them prepare for their visit
- Ask if your loved one will take a walking self-assessment, then have them share it with their healthcare team
- Ask how to support your loved one in their relationship with their healthcare team
- Be an active listener in support of your loved one's needs and goals
MS affects people's walking in different ways
It's important to understand how MS affects your loved one’s ability to walk. Recognizing their symptoms, how they start up, how often they occur, and if they are getting better or worse can all play key roles in helping their healthcare team decide if they should try AMPYRA. It’s also important to know whether they have a history of seizures or have kidney problems or are allergic to dalfampridine (4-aminopyridine), the active ingredient in AMPYRA, since people with these conditions must not take AMPYRA.