Has anyone just stopped responding to IVIG?

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    Tracie22
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    Hello everyone,
    I was diagnosed with CIDP in January. Ever since I’ve been treated with IVIG and responded well, to the point of walking unassisted.
    Now, after a treatment of IVIG every two weeks it seems to have stopped working. I’m getting weaker everyday. Has anyone else experienced this?

    #116453

    BryanF
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    Unfortunately, that’s the down side of the chronic part of our disease. It could be that you’ve stopped responding to IVig, or it could be, like me, you get periods where the CIDP acts up.

    My theory is that when our CIDP acts up, it overwhelms the medicine we are on. In my case, around last year at this time, out of the blue, my symptoms started returning. Not to the point of not being able to walk, but numbness, weakness, lack of energy and so on.

    It has taken almost a year to shake that off. The IVig, I’m sure has kept the worst of the symptoms at bay.

    With that being said, my neurologist started me on Imuran in April, and that combined with the IVig has, I think, slowly reduced my symptoms.

    In other words, see if your doctor will add another medicine to help you combat your current symptoms.

    #116456

    cer100
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    IVIG used to be very effective for me every 4 weeks. I’ve quit responding as well though and I get a huge dose every 2 weeks now. I still get some benefit for a short while but nothing near like it was the first year I was on it. Talking with neuro about an appropriate immunosuppresant that insurance will cover to see if it will help.

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    BryanF
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    cer100, I think we are in the same boat. I remember the first few times I received IVig. It was a miracle drug!

    But with weekly doses, I think it maintains my condition. Maybe this is as far as I recover.

    I did start Imuran in May. It supposedly takes 6 months to build up in one’s system and for you to see maximum results.

    Right now, I feel a bit better, so I have some hope that things will improve a bit more.

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