Mestinon is intended for the treatment of myasthenia gravis. It acts by inhibiting the cholinesterase. The main active substance of this drug is called pyridostigmine bromide.
Mestinon is used for the treatment of myasthenia gravis, which is an autoimmune disease affecting the muscles, making people feel weak and tired. There are some junctions between the nervous system and the muscles, where the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are located. Myasthenia gravis makes the body’s immune system to start attacking these receptors. This breaks the normal communication between the nerves and the muscles. Mestinon doesn’t allow the cholinesterase enzyme to break down acetylcholine. The latter is responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles. This contributes to the normal functioning of the muscular system.
Ask your doctor about the other functions of this drug.
You must take Mestinon only on the doctor’s prescription. Never change the drug dosage on your own.
Mestinon is a drug for the oral intake.
The common dose of Mestinon syrup is 5 ml a day, divided into ten intakes. The doses must be taken to relieve the symptoms of the illness.
The common dose for the Mestinon pills is 600 mg (10 pills). Thus, you should take 1 pill (60 mg) 10 times a day. The pills must be taken when you need to alleviate the symptoms of the disease.
If you skipped the dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it’s already time for the next dose, just skip it. Never double the dose.
In the event of an overdose, you should seek immediate medical assistance.
The following adverse effects may be caused by the use of Mestinon:
If you note any of these adverse effects, contact your doctor at once.
It is unknown if Mestinon causes any adverse effects in pregnant or lactating women. Tell your doctor if you have got pregnant or are breastfeeding a baby.
Avoid using this drug if you’re allergic to any component of Mestinon.
Don’t use Mestinon if you’re currently taking quinine.
This drug may be dangerous if you suffer from any intestinal obstructions, digestive problems or urinary disorders.
Tell your doctor if you have suffer(ed) from the heart diseases.
Substances like succinylcholine may aggravate the side effects of Mestinon. Tell your physician if you’re using this drug.
Inform your doctor about any drugs and supplements (prescription or non-prescription) you’re currently taking.