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How fast does IVIg help CIDP?

Mendell and coworkers showed that 11 of 29 treatment-naïve patients with CIDP improved by one or more disability grades after receiving IVIg, 1.0 g/kg/day at baseline and after 3 weeks, compared with two of 21 patients who received placebo; 76% of IVIg-treated patients had improved strength [Mendell et al. 2001].

How long does it take for IVIg to kick in?

Following your first treatment with IVIg it may take days or weeks before you notice any improvement in your symptoms. If you are going to respond to this treatment, you should notice some benefits within 4 weeks. However, some people do not respond to this treatment.

How do I know if IVIg is working?

IVIg patients often begin to see results from their treatments anywhere from six months to one year. During this time, your doctor will closely monitor and track to see if there are improvements in relieving the symptoms associated with your primary diagnosis.

How successful is IVIg treatment for CIDP?

CIDP is a rare chronic disease, highly disabling. In randomized clinical trials, steroids, plasma-exchange and IVIG have been shown similar efficacy, with approximately a 50–70% responder rates for each treatment10,20.

What happens if IVIG doesn’t work for CIDP?

A poor response to IVIG therapy may either mean the diagnosis was incorrect, or that the diagnosis is correct, but there is simply no response to treatment. We have seen CIDP mistaken for B12 deficiency, diabetes and other types of neuropathy.

Why does IVIG work for CIDP?

A: It provides healthy antibodies to block the immune and inflammatory processes that attack and destroy myelin. However, how IVIG works to help treat CIDP is not fully known.

Does IVIG work immediately?

IVIg should start to work within a few weeks, but this will vary depending on which condition you have and how you respond to the treatment. If IVIg works for you, the effects can last for a few months.

How will I feel after IVIG?

With IVIG, you may develop a headache during or after your infusion. Some people also feel cold during the infusion and often ask for a blanket. You may also feel more tired or have muscle aches or fever after your infusion and need to rest for a day before feeling like your usual self.

How will I feel after IVIG infusion?

How many IVIG treatments do I need?

Typically you’ll have treatments every 3 to 4 weeks to keep your immune system strong. Your blood may break down about half of the immunoglobulin over that period, so you’ll need another dose to keep fighting infections.

Does IVIG work right away?

How do you feel after IVIG infusion?

How long does it take for IVIG to work?

Some patients will have to wait 3-4 weeks to see an effect. In a few no effect may be seen. If 4-5 cycles of IVIg do not show any response then increase the dose of IVIG, most people respond by increasing the dose, rarely the brand of IVIg will need to be changed to help the unresponsive patient.

Is it safe to use IVIG in CIDP patients?

Although many patients initially respond to these agents, a large number of them become resistant or develop unacceptable side effects that necessitate their discontinuation. The need for a more effective and safe immunotherapy in CIDP patients prompted the present study using high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg).

Which is the best treatment for CIDP patients?

There are several standard treatments known to work for CIDP patients. For the last two decades, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy has been considered the primary treatment option. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is the general term used to refer to replacement therapy.

How long does it take for CIDP symptoms to develop?

It typically takes about eight weeks for symptoms to develop fully. Experts consider CIDP to be the chronic form of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). GBS is also an autoimmune disorder that attacks the nerves.