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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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LEMTRADA: Having the Treatment Talk none By the LEMTRADA Team • February 2, 2017

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So you’re considering LEMTRADA to treat your relapsing MS.

As with any medication, there are a lot of things to learn and many questions you’ll want answered. With LEMTRADA, there are some things you’ll need to think about and practical logistics you’ll need to work out before starting treatment. And maybe planning isn’t your specialty, but that’s why we’re here to help.

For starters, LEMTRADA is given in a different way than every other relapsing MS medication. The first round of LEMTRADA is done on 5 consecutive days—that means you’ll spend 5 days in a row at the infusion center. So you’ll need to clear your schedule to arrange for 5 days in a row, without too many personal or work obligations.

Some people take the 5 days off from work and go back to work the week after their infusions, and some people need a bit more time off. The point is that everyone’s reaction is a bit different, so you may return to your daily routine right after treatment, but you may also need to take it easy for a few weeks. Here are some things you can do to help make it easier for everyone—including yourself!

Start the conversation
This Conversation Guide can help you to prepare for the conversations you'll have about treatment and to map out exactly what you want to say. It also has some conversation starters you can use when talking to your employer, your loved ones, and your healthcare team.

Have a simple and open discussion
When you’re talking to your employer about LEMTRADA, you don’t have to be really specific, unless you want to be. You can simply explain that you’ll need to take some time off for a medical treatment, and during that time, you most likely will not be available to do work-related tasks.

When you’re talking to your family about LEMTRADA, be open about your decision to start treatment and how it will affect the family as a whole. Make sure you talk about it in a way that’s easy to understand, and make sure you give your loved ones an opportunity to share their feelings about it and ask questions.

Plan for coverage
At work, ask your employer about finding someone to take care of your responsibilities while you’re gone. It’s a good idea to touch base with this person before you leave, so everyone’s on the same page and things go smoothly while you’re away.

At home, you can make a game plan to take it easy after treatment. A great place to start is getting the medicines you’ll need to take after treatment ahead of time, finding someone to pick up the kids, or cooking meals in advance so there’s no added pressure on or after your treatment days.

Remember, you’ll always have personal support throughout your LEMTRADA treatment journey. Feel free to contact an MS One to One Nurse at any time by calling 1-855-676-6326 if you have questions about how to discuss LEMTRADA treatment with your employer or your family.

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