Skip to main content

Understanding myasthenia gravis.

Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune condition. With myasthenia gravis, the body attacks what is needed for nerves to talk to muscles. This makes your muscles get tired and weak, especially when you use them. The muscles usually get strong again after you rest them. 

What to expect

Myasthenia gravis symptoms can vary depending on which muscles are affected. It can affect the muscles of your eyes, face, lips, tongue, jaw, neck, arms and legs. This can make it harder to chew, swallow, shrug your shoulders, lift your arm up, hold on to things, get out of a chair, or walk up the stairs. Your eyes might get tired and your eyelids might start to droop. Or you might see double or have blurry vision.

You may have times when symptoms get worse (a flare-up). Other times they may get better for a while (remission). When the muscles that help you breathe get tired, it’s called a myasthenic crisis. This is an emergency.  

Managing myasthenia gravis

There is no cure yet. But there are treatment options to help reduce your symptoms and risk of flare-ups.  Your neurologist (a doctor who works with diseases of the nervous system) and other care providers will create a plan that’s best for you.  They’ll also teach you to manage your symptoms and avoid triggers. 

We’re here to help

Living with myasthenia gravis can be challenging. Your CVS Specialty® CareTeam is here to answer your questions. They can also help you manage side effects and help you feel your best. If you want to learn more about your condition or treatment, talk to your doctor or contact your CareTeam.

CVS Specialty® and Coram® CVS Specialty Infusion Services (Coram) work together to dispense and administer Myasthenia Gravis’s therapy to patients. To learn more about how Coram is keeping you safe and healthy at home during infusion treatments, click here.

This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Talk to your doctor or health care provider about your medical condition and prior to starting any new treatment. CVS Specialty assumes no liability whatsoever for the information provided or for any diagnosis or treatment made as a result.