Mestinon
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication commonly used to increase muscle strength among individuals with muscle disorders. The medication is also known as Pyridostigmine in the medical field.

How it works

This medication works by preventing the breakdown of acetylcholine in the body. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter in the brain, which is essential for muscle function.

Uses

The medication is primarily used by individuals with muscle disorders since this medication is effective in increasing muscle strength.

Dosage

This medication must be consumed 1-2 times a day. You need to make sure that the doses are at least 6 hours apart. The dosage and dose schedule must be determined by a physician according to your medical condition and response to the treatment. You can consume this medication with or without food.

If you are consuming this medicine in liquid form, ensure to use a medical spoon to measure the dose. Using a regular household spoon is not safe since it can lead to the incorrect dosage. During the treatment period, do not increase or decrease the dosage unless your physician asks you to do so. You must not make any changes to the dosage or dose schedule without consulting your healthcare provider.

It is important for you to understand that increasing the dosage will not enhance the effectiveness of the medication. On the contrary, it will increase the risk of side effects. If you consume the medication more than necessary, there is a chance for you to overdose as well. Therefore, always adhere to the instructions provided in the prescription.

You cannot afford to miss your doses accidently or otherwise. In order to benefit from this medication, you need to take it as regularly as possible. If you do miss your dose, take it as soon you remember. However, if it is closer to the next dose, then skip the missed one.

Side effects

The following are some side effects which you are likely to experience during the course of the treatment.

Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Runny nose
Increased sweating
Abdominal cramps
Increased urination
Decreased pupil size

Even though you may not experience all of the above, it is important to be aware of them.

You may also experience certain rate, but serious, side effects such as dizziness, increased muscle cramps and slow heartbeat.

It is also possible for you to experience an allergic reaction to this medication. If you experience hives, rashes, swelling or trouble breathing, get immediate medical help.

Precautions

If you adhere to the precautionary instructions mentioned below, you can reduce the chance of experiencing possible side effects.

Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the inactive ingredients used in this medication.
Inform your physician if you have suffered from a lung disorder or kidney disease in the past.
Liquid form this medication can contain sugar. So, if you have diabetes, be mindful of the dosage.

Self-care

If you are planning to become pregnant during the treatment period, it is important for you to discuss the matter with your healthcare provider.

If you wish to nurse your infant during the course of the treatment, you must ensure that the drug will not be passed on via breast milk.

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