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Can myasthenia gravis be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Since the cause of myasthenia gravis is unclear, it is not believed to be preventable at this time. What may be prevented, however, is the worsening of your symptoms. To deal with the muscle weakness of myasthenia gravis, take measures to conserve your energy as much as possible. You can accomplish this by taking rest breaks following periods of activity. If possible, avoid stress and extreme heat. Certain drugs-quinine, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, and certain antibiotics-should be avoided, as they can also worsen symptoms.

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