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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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. Lawrence Kessler
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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What is asp?

What is asp?

In acupuncture an: Asp is an acupuncture semi-permanent needle. They are made in germany & come in stainless steel, gold, silver & titanium. They are used for auricular (ear) acupuncture. They are usually referred to as "asp's". ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Cold: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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Pls help me?

Help: In order to assist you - you need to provide us with more information. Please re-ask and clarify the question that you need help with. Take care. ...Read more

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Am i dying ?

I don't know: I don't know, john. Technically, every person who is alive will die someday, yes. But unless you have been diagnosed with some untreatable illness, then no, you are not actively dying. If this is something you worry about a lot, mention it to one of your parents, a close adult friend, or a school counselor. A lot of people have these kinds of worries and you can get help to not worry so much. ...Read more

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Is it free ?

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What is art?

What is art?

Yes: Ivf is art(assisted reproductive technology) that allows egg and sperm to be placed together in a petri dish either conventionally or with icsi where the sperm is placed directly into the egg. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Antilirium (Definition)

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