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2020 Aug 07

Neurodegener Dis Manag

Efficacy and safety of fampridine for walking disability in multiple sclerosis.



Fampridine is the only drug approved for the treatment of walking impairment in multiple sclerosis. Around a third of the patients on treatment obtained an improvement in walking speed during the development phase. The effects are clinically significant, appear soon after the start of the treatment and are long-lasting, but disappear soon after the drug is withdrawn. In the real-world setting, the number of patients with a significant response to the treatment seems to be higher (around 70%). The tolerance is good, with mild to moderate, and transient adverse events. The most commonly reported are insomnia, headache, fatigue, back pain, dizziness, nausea and balance disorders. The main contraindications are a history of seizures, renal impairment and concomitant treatment with OCT2 inhibitors.