When MS relapse strikes, it’s important to have a plan so you can take action immediately and get the treatment you need.

There are 4 key characteristics used to identify a multiple sclerosis (MS) relapse. If you think you’re having a relapse and all the following points are true, contact your doctor immediately. If you’re unsure, it’s a good idea to contact your doctor anyway because reporting early symptoms of MS relapse can help you get treatment faster.

You may be having a relapse if:

  • You have new MS symptoms or your existing MS symptoms suddenly become worse
  • These symptoms last for at least 24 hours (they may go on for days or weeks)
  • Your symptoms occur at least 30 days after your last relapse
  • You don’t have a fever, illness, or similar condition when the symptoms start

When it comes to reporting relapse symptoms, remember:

No symptom is too small.

It’s better to report your symptoms—big or small—and be safe than to miss out on getting the treatment you might need.

The sooner, the better.

The sooner you report your MS relapse symptoms, the sooner you and your doctor can decide on the best treatment option for you if treatment is necessary.

You have options.

There’s more than one FDA-approved option for treating MS relapse. If your last relapse treatment didn’t seem to work well for you, or was tough to tolerate, be sure to let your doctor know.

Getting your medication covered by insurance

If you and your doctor decide Acthar could be right for you, insurance coverage can be easier to obtain if you have already tried an MS relapse treatment and have not been able to tolerate it, had a bad response to it, or had a tough time taking it.

Learn more about getting Acthar covered

Just like with disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), it may take a few tries to find a relapse treatment that works for you. Monitoring your progress with regular check-ins with your doctor can help you reach your treatment goals faster. Your doctor wants to know if a treatment caused any unwanted side effects, was difficult to take, or did not work for you, because it could make a difference in getting your next treatment covered by insurance.

How do I know if my MS relapse treatment is working?

The goal of an MS relapse treatment is to speed the time it takes to recover from relapse symptoms. That’s why once you’ve begun treatment, it’s important to keep track of whether your symptoms are improving.

If you’re not having a good experience with your MS relapse treatment, tell your doctor right away. Acthar may be an option.