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Medications for Myasthenia Gravis

About Myasthenia Gravis:  Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by variable weakness of voluntary muscles, which often improves with rest and worsens with activity. The condition is caused by an abnormal immune response.

Drugs Used to Treat Myasthenia Gravis

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Mestinon C N 12 reviews
6.0

Generic name: pyridostigmine systemic

Drug class: cholinergic muscle stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

pyridostigmine C N 20 reviews
7.0

Generic name: pyridostigmine systemic

Brand names:  Mestinon, Mestinon Timespan, Regonol

Drug class: cholinergic muscle stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Mestinon Timespan C N 3 reviews
9.0

Generic name: pyridostigmine systemic

Drug class: cholinergic muscle stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

azathioprine Off Label D N 1 review
6.0

Generic name: azathioprine systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

mycophenolate mofetil Off Label D N 14 reviews
8.0

Generic name: mycophenolate mofetil systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Prostigmin C N Add review Rate

Generic name: neostigmine systemic

Drug class: cholinergic muscle stimulants, miscellaneous genitourinary tract agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

neostigmine C N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: neostigmine systemic

Brand names:  Prostigmin, Prostigmin Bromide

Drug class: cholinergic muscle stimulants, miscellaneous genitourinary tract agents

For consumers: interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Prostigmin Bromide C N 1 review
10

Generic name: neostigmine systemic

Drug class: cholinergic muscle stimulants, miscellaneous genitourinary tract agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

Regonol C N Add review Rate

Generic name: pyridostigmine systemic

Drug class: cholinergic muscle stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

immune globulin intravenous Off Label C N 1 review Rate

Generic name: immune globulin intravenous systemic

Drug class: immune globulins

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

Off Label: Yes

Soliris C N Add review Rate

Generic name: eculizumab systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

ephedrine C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ephedrine systemic

Drug class: vasopressors, decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

eculizumab C N Add review Rate

Generic name: eculizumab systemic

Brand name:  Soliris

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Alternative treatments for Myasthenia Gravis

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Myasthenia Gravis. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Myasthenia Gravis.

Learn more about Myasthenia Gravis

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Symptoms and treatments

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Mayo Clinic Reference

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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