Drugs to Avoid or Use With Caution
While there are various treatments and therapies specifically designed to improve symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis and help stabilise the condition, many over-the-counter medications may worsen your symptoms and should be used with caution. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medications, and remember to inform them about any changes to your symptoms.
Where healthcare professionals recognise that some drugs may be required to aid a patient’s treatment and should not be off-limits, it is advisable to talk to your doctor. They can advise you of the possibility that a particular type of medication may worsen your MG symptoms.
The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America lists some of the prescription medications known to worsen MG symptoms - talk to your healthcare provider before using these medications:
Chloroquine and Hydrochloroquine:
Corticosteroids – a typical treatment for MG, but must be carefully monitored
Deferoxamine – the agent used for hemochromatosis
D-penicillamine – prescribed for Wilson disease (and rarely for Rheumatoid Arthritis)
Iodinated radiologic – contrasting agent
Magnesium (intravenously) – a consideration for hypomagnesemia or eclampsia during late pregnancy
Statins– prescribed to reduce serum cholesterol
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