Mestinon (Pyridostigmine Bromide) is a prescription medication used to treat myasthenia gravis which is a muscular disease. It contains an active substance called Pyridostigmine which works by preventing the breakdown of acetylcholine in your body. Pyridostigmine has been used by military personnel who have been exposed to nerve gas.
Mestinon comes in two forms
- Mestinon 60mg tablets
- Mestinon SR 180mg tablets
The most common side effects with Mestinon include:
- blurred vision
- abdominal pain
- muscle cramps
If you suffer an serious side effects such as the ones listed below, please contact your pharmacist or doctor:
- loss of movement in any part of your body
- slurred speech
- vision problems
- extreme muscle weakness
- weak or shallow breathing
- worsening or no improvement of myasthenia gravis
Do not take this medication if you have an allergy to Pyridostigmine or any ingredients in this Mestinon.
Speak to your doctor about any of your past or existing medical conditions, especially if you have:
- asthma or COPD
- intestinal/stomach blockage
- kidney or lung disease
- urinary blockage
- slow/irregular heartbeat
Notify your doctor of any other medications, supplements, herbal medicines or vitamins you are currently taking.
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not use this medication if you have bladder or bowel obstruction.
Before taking Mestinon, tell your doctor if you have asthma or kidney disease. Since this medication can cause blurred vision, do not drive or operate any heavy machinery after taking. Do not drink alcohol after taking Mestinon as it can increase certain side effects of Pyridostigmine.
This medication is not approved to be taken by anyone under the age of 18.