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A 37-year-old member asked:

Why is ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) given to patients with myasthenia gravis?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Not much data: there are anecdotal reports of ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) increasing strength and endurance in patients with myasthenia gravis, but good randomized controlled trials have not been done. A Cochrane review done in 2014 did not recommend its use, and called for further study. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) has MANY potential side effects - rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, even stroke. If this is you, talk to your neurologist.
Dr. Harold Bacchus
Specializes in Occupational Medicine
excellent answer..!!
Oct 10, 2015

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A 38-year-old member asked:

For what reasons ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is given in myasthenia gravis?

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Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 34 years experience
see below: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) appears to be an effective treatment for dok-7 cms. It is well-tolerated by most patients and improvement in strength can be profound. Determining the long-term response and the most effective dosing regimen will require further research.This is related to a special type of myasthenia gravis. Please see your doctor before beginning any therapy.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How does ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) treat myasthenia gravis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
It doesn't: If you or a family member has myasthenia gravis, there are many approaches to successfully treat this, but ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is not either an approved or successful approach to treat the condition. Best to find an experienced neurologist to deal with this potentially complex disorder.

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