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Mestinon 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.

Drug information on Mestinon (Pyridostigmine) from Piramal Healthcare


Piramal Healthcare
Generic : Pyridostigmine
150 Tablets
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Medical Condition(s) for which Mestinon may be prescribed

Side effects of Mestinon

  Musculoskeletal: Muscle cramps, muscle twitch and weakness.

  Gastrointestinal: Increased saliva formation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps.

  Eye: Contraction of the pupil.

  Miscellaneous: Increased sweating.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications)

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

How to use Mestinon?

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

When is Mestinon not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with gastrointestinal or urinary obstruction.

Warnings and Precautions for Mestinon

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.

Other Precautions for Mestinon

Avoid taking 2 doses at a time.

Storage Conditions for Mestinon

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

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