Japanese Drug Now Used To Slow Brain Shrinkage in Progressive MS

A preliminary trial has found a drug that has long been used in Japan for asthma may slow down brain shrinkage in people with advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested an oral drug called Ibudilast. It is not approved in the United States but has been used for years in Japan as a treatment for asthma and for vertigo in stroke survivors.