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Brand Names: Mestinon
Generic Name: Pyridostigmine
Pyridostigmine is used to treat a muscle disease (myasthenia gravis) or to counteract the effects of certain muscle relaxant medication.
HOW TO USE
Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than directed. May take with food to lessen side effects. The tablets must be swallowed whole. Do not crush or chew them.
This medication may cause blurred vision, stomach upset, gas, headache, sweating, flushing, muscle twitching or increased tears and saliva. These effects should subside as your body adjusts to the medication. If they continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: abnormal heart rate, fainting, skin rash, hair loss, diarrhea, extreme muscle weakness, trouble breathing or swallowing, difficulty urinating, trouble speaking. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following: stomach disorders, kidney or urinary problems, ulcers, asthma, epilepsy, heart diseases, thyroid disorders, allergies (especially to bromides or anticholinesterases). Notify your doctor if this medication appears to be losing its effect. In some cases, people become insensitive to the medication and it must be stopped for a brief period. Talk to your doctor about this. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Because this medication appears in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially: antibiotics, muscle relaxants, magnesium, methocarbamol, anesthetics, antiarrhythmics (for heart rhythm). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, excess saliva, blurred vision, and difficulty swallowing.
Do not share this product with others.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose.
Store at room temperature and keep away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze the liquid forms.