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Medical Marijuana Pill Could Be Best Way to Reduce Symptoms From Multiple Sclerosis

Mar 24, 2014 05:17 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
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A container of Marijuana pills(Photo : Twiiter Photo Section)

A medical marijuana pill could be the way multiple sclerosis patients should go for reducing symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis Health Day reported Monday.

Nine medical professionals from the American Academy of Neurology looked through findings, and different ways MS could be treated dating back 40 years to conclude their reasoning.

"It's a very common practice in the MS patient population to try alternative therapies," said the author of the guidelines, Dr. Vijayshree Yadav, clinical director of Oregon Health and Science University's MS Center located in Portland told Health Day.

"The problem is there was never an evidence-based recommendation for MS patients or those taking care of patients," Yadav told Health Day. "This is a first step to educate each audience."

"We're at a place where we need to continue to understand and better appreciate the benefits of what we know and don't know about [alternative medicine]. I view it as integrated care. It's important we continue to keep our options open so people with MS can live their best lives." Yadav reported.

People with MS can sporadically lose their ability to balance themselves, eyesight, bowel issues, incoherent words when talking, and loss of feeling anywhere on their body Health Day reported.

"I think it really emphasizes our approach to support the rights of people with MS to work with their doctors, recognizing that they need to do this in the context of the legal regulations of the state they're in," Timothy Coetzee, chief officer for advocacy, services, and research officer at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society told Health Day.

Those with MS can use marijuana pill, Dronabinol and Nabilone, which are approved by The United States Food and Drug Administration to help with nausea and vomiting, which can result from chemotherapy.

Patients are allowed to use the medication in a way that hasn't been allowed or as an off-label if their doctor allows them to Health Day reported.

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