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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
5 doctors shared insights

Physostigmine (Overview)

Physostigmine is a topical steroid which is a kind of skin-related medication.


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What are drugs similar to physostigmine?

What are drugs similar to  physostigmine?

Several drugs. : Physostigmine is an inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase, increasing the availability of acetylcholine. It is used to treat myasthenia gravis, alzheimer's disease & glaucoma. Other carbamates include neostigmine, pyridostigmine, ambenonium demarcarium, & rivastigmine. Edrophonium has a similar mechanism of action. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
5 doctors shared insights

Physostigmine (Overview)

Physostigmine is a topical steroid which is a kind of skin-related medication.


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What are drugs similar to physostigmine?

Several drugs. : Physostigmine is an inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase, increasing the availability of acetylcholine. It is used to treat myasthenia gravis, alzheimer's disease & glaucoma. Other carbamates include neostigmine, pyridostigmine, ambenonium demarcarium, & rivastigmine. Edrophonium has a similar mechanism of action. ...Read more

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Why is it risky to administer physostigmine to patients presenting with muscle weakness?

Why is it risky to administer physostigmine to patients presenting with muscle weakness?

Potentiation: Great question! Certain causes of muscle weakness, such as those caused by organophosphates and succinyl choline, are made much worse by physostigmine, and this can lead to a respiratory crisis. If the cause of weakness is not known, this medicine might be avoided. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Please explain why is it risky to administer physostigmine to all patients presenting with muscle weakness?

Please explain why is it risky to administer physostigmine to all patients presenting with muscle weakness?

Bad idea: Physostigmine is a powerful drug with many nasty side-effects. The vast majority of people presenting with muscle weakness do not have undiagnosed myasthenia gravis or anticholinergic poisoning. Give it to somebody heat exhaustion and you'll further mess up the electrolytes. Give it to some who's having a stroke and they may throw up and aspirate. Botulism / neuropathy? It can kill them. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Symptoms?: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Antilirium (Definition)

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