Percentage of treatments used by US patients diagnosed with MS 2016

This statistic displays the percentage of treatments and therapies used by U.S. patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016. As of that year, almost 70 percent of survey MS patients stated that they currently use prescribed some kind of disease-modifying therapy.

Percentage of U.S. patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis using selected treatments in 2016

Never usedUsed in the past, but no longer useCurrently use
Rx DMT (injectable, oral, and/or infusion/IV)10%21%69%
Rx or OTC NSaids or other pain medications (ibuprofen, aleve, etc.)18%22%59%
Complementary and alternative therapies (chiropractor, massage, yoga, vitamins, etc.)34%19%47%
Other medication or treatment not listed49%15%36%
Muscle relaxants (lioresal, valium, etc.)54%18%28%
Neuromodulators or anticonvulsants (gabapentin, klonopin, etc.)56%18%26%
Rehabilitation therapy (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.)37%49%15%
Ampyra (dalfampridine)76%12%12%
Chemotherapy (methotrexate, novantrone, etc.)90%9%2%
Stem cell therapy/treatment99%1%0.4%
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United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

5,040 respondents

Special properties

diagnosed with MS

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original questions: "Are you currently using, or have you ever used the following types of medications or treatments for your MS or its symptoms?" - "How long have you been using your current treatment plan?" - "How likely are you to change your treatment plan in the next 12 months?"

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