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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Physostigmine (physostigmine systemic) is a member of the drug class antidotes and is used to treat Anticholinergic Syndrome.

US matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Miotic agent


Glaucoma treatment

Cholinesterase inhibitor (parasympathomimetic agent, indirect acting)

Chemical Name

Pyrrolo[2,3-b]indol-5-ol, 1,2,3,3a,8,8a-hexahydro-1,3a,8-trimetyl-, metylcarbamate (ester), (3aS-cis)-

Foreign Names

  • Physostigminum (Latin)
  • Physostigmin (German)
  • Eserine (French)

Generic Names

  • Ésérine (OS: DCF)
  • Physostigmine (OS: BAN)
  • Eserin (IS)
  • UNII-9U1VM840SP (IS)
  • Physostigmine (PH: USP 38)
  • Physostigmine Salicylate (OS: BANM)
  • Esérine (salicylate d') (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Eserini salicylas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Physostigmine Salicylate (PH: BP 2016, USP 38)
  • Physostigmine salicylate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Physostigmini salicylas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Physostigminsalicylat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
USPPharmacopoeia of the United States

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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