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Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)

Discussion in 'Antivirals, Antibiotics and Immune Modulators' started by Sly Saint, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Might it be worth Researchers taking another look at this, in conjunction with the Rituximab data?

    Therapy with high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has been demonstrated to be useful in several diseases, from autoimmunity mediated by autoantibodies (such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, myasthenia gravis, etc) to primary and secondary antibody deficiency states. It has also been recommended in inflammatory conditions (myopathies) and in some infectious diseases (viral pneumonitis after transplantation, severe or recurrent Clostridium difficile colitis) (UK Guidelines, 2009). This kind of treatment is sometimes offered to ME/CFS patients too, with a wide range of doses, frequency and number of administrations. In what follows I have searched for trials of IVIG in ME/CFS patients, seeking for evidences of efficacy."


    although this writer who compares a number of studies comes to the conclusion that
    "These three controlled trials do not seem to support the use of IVIG in ME/CFS, even if there is some data in favour of the use of the highest dosage (2g/kg/month) in patients with low CD4 count."

    most of the research seems to have been on small samples, a while ago (1 on children).

    I am sure there are more positive/promising reports out there.
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  2. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I wish there was a trial that combined high dose IVIG and Rituximab although I suspect there never will be. I believe they work synergistically in a sub-group of people like myself and I do not believe I would have achieved my current results with only one or the other (but of course could be wrong about this).

    I know Paolo from the other board and he is incredibly smart and knowledgeable (not sure if he is a member of S4ME)?

    I have talked to endless people in two private IVIG groups in which IVIG has saved their lives (both immune deficiency and autoimmune dosing). It absolutely works for many different illnesses and symptoms. I wish there were more studies on it.

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