Use Of Drugs
Drug studies show that using high doses of prednisone, a drug used as an immunosuppressant did not produce added strength or endurance. Amantadine, used for Parkinson's disease and the fatigue of multiple sclerosis, also was not effective. Another drug, Mestinon, however, showed that post-polio people could benefit from its use. Physicians advise their patients to try it for a one month period starting with a small dose and then over a period of a month to build up the dosage. After the full dosage is reached the user should be able to determine whether or not it will help improve symptoms, especially in the area of strengthening weak muscles. It is particularly recommended to deal with fatigue in emergency situations, such as when driving a car when a low dose can carry the person through the activity safely.
Another medication post-polio people have found helpful and which is available at health food stores is LCarnitine. This is a substance that is already present in the muscles and it has been used in Switzerland and Australia. It is now being tried in the United States to help build up strength and endurance in post-polio cases.
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