Use Of Drugs For People With Demyelination?

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Patients with demyelinating disease after taking prednisone help in the healing phase. can prednisone drugs be used by people with demyelinating disease?

1 Answer:

Hello Sandiheryana, Thank you for the question.

Nerve cells are responsible for delivering electrical impulses from all parts of the body to be processed in the brain. Each nerve cell is covered by myelin, which functions to speed up the delivery of electrical impulses. Myelin also functions to protect nerve cells (analogous to the wrapping of electrical cables). Myelin breakdown is called demyelination. If this myelin is damaged, nerve cells can be disrupted and damaged so that the function of nerves to regulate body functions is also disturbed. Some of the causes of demyelination are viral infections, metabolic disorders, or inflammation, for example due to autoimmune diseases. Until now, there is no treatment to cure demyelination. New myelin can grow back in the damaged nerve area but this myelin is not as good as before because it is thinner and ineffective. The demyelination process is generally associated with an inflammatory process. Therefore, steroids (such as prednisone) are usually given to reduce inflammatory reactions and thus help reduce nerve damage. However, of course, demyelination treatment must also be tailored to the cause to avoid further damage. Treatment must be in accordance with the doctor's examination and recommendations.

Please advise the applicant to consult a neurologist further.

Hope this information is helpful.

Dr. Aloisia

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