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LEMTRADA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its risks, LEMTRADA is generally used in people who have tried 2 or more MS medicines that have not worked well enough. It is not known if LEMTRADA is safe and effective for use in children under 17 years of age.

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How Monthly Monitoring Fits in to My Summer Schedule LEMTRADA patient blogger: Katy By Katy, Wife, Writer, and Yoga Instructor • June 29, 2018

Relapsing multiple sclerosis patient, Katy, on a boat

Monthly monitoring is probably not the first thing that comes to mind as you dream up your plans for a carefree summer. But regular blood, urine and skin checks are required and very important after you have received LEMTRADA.

The good news is you don’t have to think of these screenings as chores that will suck away huge chunks of time. Each month you can walk away knowing that an entire team is on your side, helping you remember to have your labs done.

The key to making monthly monitoring a seamless part of your life is planning ahead. If you have a trip scheduled during the summer months, talk to your healthcare provider ahead of time. You can still schedule your monthly labs, even if you are traveling and away from home.

Whether you are going to be at the beach, on the lake, or hiking, a little bit of planning can help ensure that monitoring fits into your plans.

You should complete monthly monitoring, including blood and urine lab tests, to help detect possible serious side effects after your first LEMTRADA treatment, and continue until four years, or longer, after your last treatment course.

For my monitoring, I choose to have someone come to my house or work to conduct my monthly testing. This works out well for me, especially during the summer months, because I don’t have to travel to a central lab or doctor’s office. Plus, I’ve gotten to know the person who comes to do my testing, and I look forward to our monthly visits.

Nobody wants to live with a chronic condition, but it is nice that I have gotten to meet many people who I never would’ve known if I did not have relapsing multiple sclerosis. In times of uncertainty, we are all blessed with the opportunity to find gifts in the midst of our challenges. Thank you to all of the monitors who travel to LEMTRADA patients’ houses each week!

How do you keep up with monthly monitoring? Let me know. Have a good summer!

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