Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cure for MG?
There is no “cure” for myasthenia gravis. Disease treatment and management focuses on minimizing symptoms. This can be accomplished through medication, lifestyle changes, and surgery when appropriate.
What medications should you avoid with MG?
MG affects the neuromuscular junction, where the peripheral nerves meet the muscles to allow for muscle contraction. For this reason, neuromuscular blocking agents should be avoided. These medications are typically used by anesthesiologists for surgery. Some types of antibiotics have caused further weakness in individuals with MG and include Ciprofloxacin and Ketek. For a complete list of medications visit the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America website at www.myasthenia.org. Before starting any new medication or over the counter drug you should consult your health care provider.
What should I do if my symptoms worsen?
Anytime you have a worsening of symptoms you should consult with your health care provider. An increase in symptoms indicates your disease may not be adequately controlled. If you have difficulty swallowing or breathing you should contact your health care provider immediately and may need further emergency management as this can lead to a life-threatening event.
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