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Does alcohol consumption worsen the symptoms of ocular myasthenia gravis?

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Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
Question: My younger brother has just been told he has Ocular Myasthenia Gravis. I have been concerned for some time with his alcohol consumption and I presume that alcohol consumption is not reccommende for a patient with MG. Am I correct?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Alcohol is not good for health and MG, too!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this diagnosis of myasthenia Gravis in your little brother. Alcohol is generally not good for health. However, there are no specific recommendations which show that alcohol worsens symptoms of MG. On the premises of alcohol having negative consequences on over all health, I would recommend that you discourage him from using alcohol in excess quantities. What specific treatment is he on at this time? Is he able to function normal and has he been educated on what this is and what measures could be of help to him?

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thanks for using our services and do feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
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Does alcohol consumption worsen the symptoms of ocular myasthenia gravis?

Brief Answer: Alcohol is not good for health and MG, too! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this diagnosis of myasthenia Gravis in your little brother. Alcohol is generally not good for health. However, there are no specific recommendations which show that alcohol worsens symptoms of MG. On the premises of alcohol having negative consequences on over all health, I would recommend that you discourage him from using alcohol in excess quantities. What specific treatment is he on at this time? Is he able to function normal and has he been educated on what this is and what measures could be of help to him? I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thanks for using our services and do feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.