Generic Name: Pyridostigmine Tablets (peer id oh STIG meen)
Brand Name: Mestinon
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 14, 2020.
Uses of Mestinon:
- It is used to treat myasthenia gravis.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Mestinon?
- If you are allergic to Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets); any part of Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have bowel block or trouble passing urine.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Mestinon?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Unsafe effects, including death, may happen.
- This medicine is not approved for use in children. However, the doctor may decide the benefits of taking Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets) outweigh the risks. If your child has been given Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets), ask the doctor for information about the benefits and risks. Talk with the doctor if you have questions about giving Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets) to your child.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Mestinon) best taken?
Use Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Keep taking Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Muscle weakness that is new or worse.
- Trouble breathing that is new or worse.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Stomach cramps.
- More saliva.
- Small pupils.
- Sweating a lot.
- Muscle cramps.
- Slow heartbeat.
What are some other side effects of Mestinon?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Mestinon?
- Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Mestinon (pyridostigmine tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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