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When Common Drugs Pose Grave Problems

When Common Drugs Pose Grave Problems

A detailed drug history is essential when treating patients with myasthenia gravis--especially those who report a sudden increase in symptoms. Commonly prescribed medications such as aminoglycosides (eg, gentamicin), lithium, phenytoin, procainamide, quinidine sulfate, and β-adrenergic blockers (including eyedrops) can exacerbate muscular weakness in myasthenia gravis.
-- Sonia Arunabh, MD
    K. Rauhilla, MD
    New Hyde Park, NY

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