People with problems with seizures or kidney problems should not take Ampyra (Fampridine) due to danger that the concentration of the drug will increase in the blood beyond the amount consider to be safe.
I am very excited about trying this newly approved MS medication! Just a few days ago, the mailman brought Ampyra to my door!
When researching this drug, I learned that potassium is a very important mineral for proper electrical signaling between the cells. And that potassium channels are specialized pores in the cell membranes that allow the potassium to freely conduct messages. When the Myelin is damaged, potassium channels on the nerves will open and potassium leaks out. The messages that are sent from the brain to the rest of the body will then be weakened or distorted.
That makes complete sense to me! I’m plenty strong enough to stand up to do the dishes (for example), yet after a few minutes, my legs just give out and I have to sit down!
Ampyra is a Potassium Channel Blocker, it simply blocks the potassium leaks so the messages can get sent through the nerves.
I was nervous about the side effects of Ampyra.
Of those tested, some people identified these side effects: urinary tract infection, insomnia, dizziness, headache, balance problems, nausea, constipation, indigestion or heartburn and weakness.
I realize that it’s too soon to tell, but so far, I’m not feeling any of these side effects! I had to get this info out there!
I’m back to walking around the house very slowly with a cane!! I have no idea if this will help me to re-learn to walk, but it is exciting to give it a try with the help of Ampyra!