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General Information on Pyridostigmine

Generic Name : Pyridostigmine

Pronunciation : peer-id-oh-STIG-meen

Latest prescription information about Pyridostigmine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Muscle Stimulants and Cholinesterase Inhibitors

Trade Names/Brand Names of Pyridostigmine

India : 

International : 

Mestinon

Why is Pyridostigmine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anticholinesterase, prescribed for decreasing muscle weakness resulting from myasthenia gravis.  It works by improving nerve impulses in muscles so that the muscles are better able to work.

When should Pyridostigmine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with gastrointestinal or urinary obstruction.

What is the dosage of Pyridostigmine?

Adult- PO- Myasthenia gravis- The recommended dose is 0.3-1.2 g/day in divided doses.

How should Pyridostigmine be taken?

It comes as a tablet, and syrup to take by mouth. It usually is taken once, twice, or several times a day with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Pyridostigmine?

Caution needed for patients with history of kidney impairment, pregnancy and breastfeeding, epilepsy, bronchial asthma, slow heartbeat, abnormal heart rhythms, recent coronary occlusion, overactive thyroid, peptic ulcer, recent bladder/intestinal surgery.

Care should be taken in the use of atropine for counteracting side effects.

It may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Pyridostigmine?

  Musculoskeletal: Muscle cramps, muscle twitch and weakness.
  Gastrointestinal: Increased saliva formation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps.
  Eye: Contraction of the pupil.
  Miscellaneous: Increased sweating.

What are the other precautions for Pyridostigmine?

Avoid taking 2 doses at a time.

What are the storage conditions for Pyridostigmine?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

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