Ampyra, (pronounced am-PEER-ah), aka dalfampridine, is an MS medication used to help improve walking in people with the disease. The results are shown as an increase in walking speed. Cir's doctor used a stop watch and had him walk from one end of the hall (not too far) to the other.
The doctor compared the times recorded at each previous visit with the present one to see if Cir had gotten any faster. He did a little better each time, or at least not worse, so the medication did seem to be working for him. It is an oral medication taken twice a day, twelve hours apart. The reason for this is that it is time-release formula.
Each time you get the refill for the medication it comes with a patient guide which you are encouraged to read. Updates are included, if there is any new information you should know about before continuing the medication. They also encourage you to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the medication at anytime during your treatment.
The first thing mentioned in the patient guide is that taking Ampyra can cause seizures. They say that you should not take it if you have ever had seizures before. You should also not take it if you have “certain” kidney problems. If you take “too much” of the medication, you are also at higher risk of having a seizure.
To avoid taking too much, there is a detailed list of how to take dalfampridine.
To read about the side-effects of this medication, click here to go to Part 2.
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