pyridostigmine - oral, Mestinon
GENERIC NAME: PYRIDOSTIGMINE - ORAL (pir-ID-oh-STIG-meen)
BRAND NAME(S): Mestinon
USES: Pyridostigmine is used to improve muscle strength in patients with a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis). It works by preventing the breakdown of a certain natural substance (acetylcholine) in your body. Acetylcholine is needed for normal muscle function.
HOW TO USE: Take the regular-release tablet or liquid form of this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. If taking the liquid, use a medication-measuring spoon or device to make sure you get the correct dose. Do not use a household spoon.Take the extended-release tablet by mouth with or without food, usually 1 to 2 times daily (at least 6 hours apart) or as directed by your doctor. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.Taking this medication with food or milk may help to decrease side effects.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Talk with your doctor about how you respond to the medication and about when you feel the most tired or weak so that your doctor can make the proper dosage changes.Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Doing so may increase the risk of serious side effects.The tablet forms of this medication may become discolored due to moisture. This does not affect how well the medication works.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens or if the medication stops working well.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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