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Myasthenia gravis (MG)

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by weakness of the skeletal muscles. Common symptoms include weakness of the muscles that control the eye and eyelid, facial expressions, chewing, talking, and swallowing. Weakness tends to increase during periods of activity and improve after periods of rest. The condition results from a defect in the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles, which is due to the presence of antibodies against acetylcholine.

The exact reason this occurs is not known. Some cases have been linked to tumors in the thymus gland. Researchers believe that variations in certain genes may increase a person’s risk to develop MG, but other factors likely also play a role. There is no cure for MG at this time, but treatment can significantly improve muscle weakness. Some cases may go into remission temporarily, and muscle weakness may disappear so that medications can be discontinued. People can develop MG at any age. For unknown reasons, it is most commonly diagnosed in women younger than age 40 and men older than age 60.

20% of CSI Pharmacy patients have a form of Myasthenia Gravis.

Treatments

  • Cholinesterase Inhibitor
  • Corticosteroids
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Monoclonal Antibody
  • Plasma Exchange
  • Immune Globulin Therapy
  • Soliris
  • Thymectomy

More Information

please visit the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America at http://www.myasthenia.org/

please visit the Myasthenia Gravis Hope Foundation at https://mghope.org/

Products We Offer

Immune Globulin Therapy

Corticosteroids

Contact CSI Pharmacy for more information on Corticosteroids.

CellCept

Corticosteroids

Immune Globulin Therapy

Immune globulin is made from pooled plasma collected from thousands of donors and treated to remove contaminants to ensure product safety and integrity. Containing antibodies against a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, IVIG is administered intravenously and is used primarily to treat three categories of illnesses: primary immune deficiency diseases, autoimmune diseases and certain neurological disorders.

  • Bivigam
    ADMA Biologics
  • Gammagard S/D
    Takeda
  • Gammagard Liquid
    Takeda
  • Gammaked
    Kedrion
  • Gamunex-C
    Grifols
  • Octagam 5%
    Octapharma
  • Octagam 10%
    Octapharma
  • Privigen
    CSL Behring
  • Panzyga
    Pfizer

Immune globulin is made from pooled plasma collected from thousands of donors and treated to remove contaminants to ensure product safety and integrity. Containing antibodies against a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, SCIG is administered subcutaneously and is approved to treat primary immune deficiencies and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. It is also in clinical trials for autoimmune diseases.

  • Cutaquig
    Takeda
  • Gammagard Liquid
    Takeda
  • Gammaked
    Kedrion
  • Gamunex-C
    Grifols
  • Hizentra
    CSL Behring
  • HyQvia
    Takeda
  • Xembify
    Grifols

Soliris