Mult Scler Relat Disord 2017 May 14;14:8-11. Epub 2017 Mar 14.
Department of Neurology, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, APHP, Paris, France.
Background: Fatigue is one of the most disabling symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients and is associated with a low quality of life. Fingolimod (Fg), a sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor modulator, is the first oral MS disease modifying treatment. Little is known about its effect on fatigue. To assess the impact of Fg on fatigue within the first 6 months of treatment in MS patients, we conducted a prospective, open label study, in real life setting.
Methods: Change of Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS) between Fg treatment start and at 6 months was used as a first outcome. Secondary outcomes were changes of MFIS subscales, Fatigue severity scale (FSS) and Visual Analogic Scale of Fatigue (VAS-F) scores, RESULTS: 54 completed the study at M6. No significant change was noted in global MFIS (and neither in sub analysis of MFIS), FSS or VAS-F at M6. Patients with high level of fatigue (MFIS or ≥38) had a higher EDSS score than patients with lower level of fatigue (MFIS <38), (mean 3.3, [SD 1.6] versus 1.6 [SD1.1], p=0.0002) but showed no significant difference in MFIS evolution at M6. There was no significant statistical difference in fatigue parameters evolution at M6 within patients Nz+ or Nz-.
Conclusion: There is no significant impact of Fg on fatigue after 6 months of treatment.