Simplifying Therapy for Guillain-Barré SyndromeDiplomat supports patients with personalized care.
GBS affects your nerves. For a variety of reasons, your body’s immune system can attack and damage your nerves, preventing them from working correctly. This can make it hard to use your arms and legs. In more severe cases, it can affect your facial muscles and even your breathing.
Most people who have GBS start to recover within six weeks. Some will have lingering muscle weakness or other side effects.
If you think you’re having symptoms of GBS, it’s important to see a doctor. The symptoms can worsen quickly, and the most severe cases of GBS can affect your heart and lungs or temporarily paralyze you. Quick treatment helps avoid those effects.
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What are the symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome?
Most people who have GBS will have enough muscle weakness to cause problems walking or climbing stairs.
Other symptoms might include:
- Trouble seeing or moving your eyes
- Trouble swallowing, speaking, or chewing
- Nerve pain (a “pins and needles” feeling) in your hands and feet
- Unexplained pain that can be severe, especially at night
- Problems with coordination
- Problems controlling your bladder or bowels
- Abnormal heart rate or blood pressure
If you think you might have symptoms of GBS, see your doctor. If you do have it, It’s important to start treatment quickly.
How does Diplomat help people with Guillain-Barré syndrome?
There is no cure for GBS, but there are medications that can help lessen the symptoms until patients get better.
Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group dispenses intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) therapy for people who have GBS. IVIG therapy puts new antibodies into their body to help get rid of the ones that are attacking their nerves. This helps shorten their recovery time and make their symptoms less severe. People who have GBS are usually admitted to a hospital where they receive the IVIG therapy.
Diplomat also helps our patients find third-party financial assistance and learn about their condition. We coordinate with patients’ care teams to make their treatment as smooth as possible.
Remember: The information here — and on linked sites — is not meant to replace advice, care, or a diagnosis from your physician. If you have questions about your condition, please ask your provider.
The information contained herein may not be construed as medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. takes no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of the information contained herein, nor the claims or statements of any manufacturer.
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