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Talking to Your Doctor

Start the conversation with the Doctor Discussion Guide

This Guide is meant to help start the conversation with your doctor about your individual walking needs living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Since being diagnosed with MS, have you noticed any changes in your walking? For example, have you started to avoid activities that require walking? Has crossing the street in time to make the light become more difficult? Do you find it harder to walk in crowded places like airports or the mall? These are important matters to discuss with your doctor.

The Self-Assessment in this Guide will help you evaluate your current walking ability. It is based on the 12-Item Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale (or MSWS-12)—a scale that can be used by people with MS to rate the impact of MS on their walking ability.

You can personalize this downloadable Guide to help start the conversation with your healthcare team.

Select which questions you’d like to appear in your Guide, then save it as a PDF, print it out, or email it to yourself.

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THE SELF-ASSESSMENT IN THE DISCUSSION GUIDE IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

AMPYRA® (dalfampridine) 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. In the clinical studies, people who walked faster, regardless of treatment, also reported improvements in their walking-related activities. This was shown using the 12-Item Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale (or MSWS-12).

Not everyone responds to AMPYRA. Individual results may vary.

A drug/placebo difference was not established for this outcome measure.

AMPYRA® (dalfampridine) is indicated as a treatment to improve walking in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). This was demonstrated by an increase in walking speed.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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.

Take AMPYRA exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

You could have a seizure even if you never had a seizure before. Your chance of having a seizure is higher if you take too much AMPYRA or if your kidneys have a mild decrease of function, which is common after age 50.

Your doctor may do a blood test to check how well your kidneys are working, if that is not known before you start taking AMPYRA.

AMPYRA may cause serious allergic reactions. Stop taking AMPYRA and call your doctor right away or get emergency medical help if you have shortness of breath or trouble breathing, swelling of your throat or tongue, or hives.

AMPYRA should not be taken with other forms of 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, fampridine), since the active ingredient is the same.

The most common adverse events for AMPYRA in MS patients were urinary tract infection, trouble sleeping, dizziness, headache, nausea, weakness, back pain, and problems with balance.

Before taking AMPYRA tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if AMPYRA will harm your unborn baby.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known if AMPYRA passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take AMPYRA or breast-feed. You should not do both.

Please see the full Prescribing Information and Patient Medication Guide.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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