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Immunosuppression

Posted on Wednesday, 1 May 2013

“Survey Snippet"

Immune therapies have been used for myasthenia since the 1960s, when Prednisone was first described. A range of other therapies have been introduced since.

It appears that the majority of the survey respondents receive immunosuppressive medications. Prednisone is by far the most popular choice with around 60% using this drug, followed by Azathioprine with 30%. All other treatments register less than 10%. Prednisone seems to have such a bad reputation yet when the side effects are reported, only half the number of patients raised issues with this drug compared to the other choices - maybe because the side-effects are rather long-term than immediate?