Amber Pharmacy’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Excellence offers personalized patient care, access to needed medications and the clinical support necessary to promote medication adherence and compliance for patients with MS.
Each MS patient is assigned a healthcare team. This team has extensive experience with MS patients and provides support for the clinical, physical, financial, educational and emotional needs of patients and their caregivers.
Amber Pharmacy is Here to Help
To make managing MS easier for you, Amber Pharmacy’s enrollment and benefit coordinators will help you with your insurance coverage and will work with you to find the best way to pay for your medication. Personal care coordinators will remind you when it’s time to refill your medication so you receive the most effective treatment possible. Our team also has experts in MS and will help you with your treatment—including how to take your medication and manage side effects. At Amber Pharmacy, we’re always here to help.
“MS can be a challenging condition. Offering professional support and educational resources to help our MS patients with their emotional, social and physical awareness is a rewarding part of my work at Amber Pharmacy.”
— Kris Admire, Certified Case Manager (CCM)
Amber Pharmacy Patient Education & Resources Manager
Frequently Asked Questions about Multiple Sclerosis
MS is a lifelong disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves in the eyes. Normally, the immune system checks the body for things that can make you ill, like bacteria and unhealthy cells. When someone has MS, the body believes the nerve tissue is bad when it’s healthy. This results in the myelin, or protective cover over the nerves, to be destroyed. When myelin is damaged, the brain has trouble sending messages to the rest of the body. When the myelin is under attack, it is known as a flare. If a flare is not stopped, permanent damage can occur. After the flare has stopped, sometimes patients will return to their previous function, other times, the symptoms will remain.
Since MS damages the central nervous system, almost anything can be affected. Each MS patient is unique and will have their own set of symptoms in varying degrees of severity, but common symptoms include:
- Trouble with vision
- Change in sensation
- Trouble with movement
These symptoms may vary widely with each patient. Sometimes these symptoms can disappear (especially after starting treatment) or they may persist if significant damage has occurred. MS is a chronic disease that can be managed but there is no cure.
The cause of MS is unknown but scientists believe it’s caused by a few different things. MS can be caused by certain cells in the immune system. Your environment may play a part in your chances of having MS. For example, studies show that smoking and low Vitamin D levels increase the risk of having MS. Having a close relative with MS, like a parent or sibling, or having a certain ethnic background may increase your risk of having the disease.
After being diagnosed with MS, it’s important to be proactive about your health. Medication may help reduce the number of MS relapses, or attacks, and improve the symptoms caused by MS. There are several medications that treat MS. Talk to your healthcare provider about which medication is best for you. To feel your best, it’s important you continue taking your medication, even when you feel normal.
Rehabilitation may also help you manage the symptoms of MS. By working with a rehabilitation specialist, you can learn how to manage your symptoms both at home and at work. Rehabilitation may also help with speech problems and memory issues.
Alternative medicine, like taking supplements or practicing meditation may also help manage MS symptoms. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any supplements you take to make sure it doesn’t cause problems with your medication.
Side effects from MS medications can vary. Amber Pharmacy works with patients to help manage any side effects that occur. It’s important to discuss any side effects that you experience with your pharmacist or doctor early.
Multiple Sclerosis Resources
Refer a patient
We understand that multiple sclerosis treatment involves much more than simply dispensing medication. In all that we do we provide respectful, reliable, patient-centered care.