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Mestinon Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
- What are the possible side effects of pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
- What is the most important information I should know about pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
- How should I take pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Mestinon)?
- What happens if I overdose (Mestinon)?
- What should I avoid while taking pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
- What other drugs will affect pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Mestinon)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Mestinon)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, sweating, blurred vision, drooling, and weak or shallow breathing.
Worsening muscle weakness, or no change in your myasthenia gravis symptoms, may also be signs of overdose.
What should I avoid while taking pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
This medication may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of pyridostigmine.
What other drugs will affect pyridostigmine (Mestinon)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine);
- belladonna (Donnatal, and others);
- benztropine (Cogentin);
- clidinium (Quarzan);
- clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo);
- dimenhydrinate (Dramamine);
- methscopolamine (Pamine), scopolamine (Transderm Scop);
- glycopyrrolate (Robinul);
- mepenzolate (Cantil);
- bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin (Enablex), flavoxate (Urispas), oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol), tolterodine (Detrol), or solifenacin (Vesicare);
- bronchodilators such as ipratropium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva);
- cold medicine, allergy medicine, or sleeping pills that contain an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Tylenol PM) or doxylamine (Unisom);
- heart rhythm medication such as quinidine (Quin-G), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl), disopyramide (Norpace), flecaininde (Tambocor), mexiletine (Mexitil), propafenone, (Rythmol), and others;
- irritable bowel medications such as dicyclomine (Bentyl), hyoscyamine (Hyomax), or propantheline (Pro Banthine);
- medicine to treat Alzheimer's dementia, such as donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), or tacrine (Cognex); or
- a steroid such as betamethasone (Celestone) or dexamethasone (Cortastat, Dexasone, Solurex, DexPak).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with pyridostigmine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about pyridostigmine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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