There has never been a drug or a supplement that has been able to help patients with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. The only relief you get as a patient is to take the medications that are administered to relapsing remitting patients.
Biotin is part of B complex group of vitamins that converts food to fuel. In the past, biotin has been used for:
- Treating and preventing biotin deficiency (symptoms include thinning of the hair, rash around the eyes, nose and mouth, depression)
- Treats cradle cap
- May improve blood sugar control for diabetics
- Hair and nail weakness
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Rapid weight loss
This vitamin is a coenzyme for carboxylases, enzymes that play a critical role in energy metabolism and the production of fatty acids. In particular, biotin activates acetyl-coA carboxylase, which is involved in the synthesis of myelin. This is where the connection is found that biotin could help slow the progression of disability associated with demyelination.
There are now two double-blinded placebo-controlled trials going on. People in the study have found improvements with symptoms such as fatigue, speech problems, sensory signs, gait, swallowing issues and depression.
Unfortunately though, as with any other drug or vitamin there are side effects to biotin. It can cause acne on your jawline, allergies and even miscarriage. Biotin negatively interacts with anti-seizure and cholesterol medications and can have a distinct effect on the overall blood glucose level in your body.
Although it is a vitamin, anything you put in your body can have adverse effects. Researchers are working find the right dose to help people with progressive MS without harming them. For adults it is suggested to take between 30 micrograms to 100 micrograms of biotin daily.
What do you think about this potentially new treatment for progressive MS? Do you take biotin?
Vivian was diagnosed with MS in March 1999, although symptoms began in 1995. I previously worked as a financial adviser but had to retired due to the worsening of my symptoms. On the positive side, more free time allows me to work on my writing. I am 43 years old, married with two beautiful girls, aged 14 and 11 and reside in Australia.