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Multiple Sclerosis Booklets Essential to Understanding New Medications

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 21, 2015) - MSology (www.msology.com) is proud to announce the launch of its MS Essentials series, a collection of free publications available for download by people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). The first three booklets explain the oral medications - Aubagio (teriflunomide), Gilenya (fingolimod), and Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) - that are now used to treat MS.

"There are now 10 medications used to treat MS, including the three oral drugs" explains MSology editor Steven Manners. "Each has its own 'personality' - that mix of benefits, side effects and other issues that define a treatment in a person's mind. Choosing the right therapy, one that works and that is easy enough to take every day, can be a real challenge for people. So we thought it would be helpful to explain why a person needs to treat their MS, explain the pros and cons of each drug, and provide some tips to manage side effects and make treatment choices easier."

The MS Essentials series was developed by MSology in collaboration with a team of MS specialist nurses from across Canada. "The nurses' perspective is part of what is essential about the series," Manners says. "They see people every day facing the same challenges - choosing the best medication for their situation, one that they can keep taking to control their MS. Nurses know the practical realities, and they understand the concerns that people have about medications. So, the booklets are able to address those concerns and explain the issues in a very user-friendly way."

Other publications in the MS Essentials series plan to address Lifestyle Issues (diet, exercise, alternative therapies) and New Research.

Since its launch in 2012, MSology has become the world's most-viewed MS website providing new content every week. Editor Steven Manners has been writing about MS for the past 16 years and is the author of the book, Treating Your MS: A User's Guide to Multiple Sclerosis Medications.

To read more about MS, visit the MSology website at www.msology.com. On the site, you can download MS Essentials publications, read all of the posted articles, and sign up for a free subscription to receive regular news updates.