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I have been diagnosed with maysethenia gravis I'm now on mestinon (pyridostigmine) I just want to know is there any better drug ?

I have been diagnosed with maysethenia gravis I'm now on mestinon (pyridostigmine) I just want to know is there any better drug ?

Comments: Mestinon (pyridostigmine) is a good starter drug, as it can specifically benefit the neuromuscular junctional issues chemically, but may not be the best long-term solution. A thymectomy, and steroids are other alternatives to deal with the process, but you might find additional support from a neurologist who specializes in muscle disease. ...Read more

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Symptoms of mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

Symptoms of mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

Side Effects?: If you are asking about side effects, the following are common adverse effects: loose stools/diarrhea, abdominal cramps, flatulence, heartburn, dizziness, sweating, excessive salivation, runny nose, muscle cramps, nausea/vomiting, increase urination, increase tearing, blurred vision, numbness in the skin, tiredness, and rash. There are other side effects. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What amount is 180mg of mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

Mestinon (pyridostigmine): In the Timespan Tablet form, it is equivalent to 60mg. of the Conventional Tablet form. ...Read more

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How long is mestinon (pyridostigmine) active in your system once taken?

How long is mestinon (pyridostigmine) active in your system once taken?

3-6 hours: Hi. For the regular Mestinon (pyridostigmine) (immediate release), the effect generally lasts 3 to 6 hours. For the extended release, it's about 8 to 12 hours. I hope it's helping your MG. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is pyridostigmine bromide used for?

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What is pyridostigmine bromide used for?

Pyridostigmine: For muscle weakness in Myasthenia gravis, curare toxicity, Orthostatic hypotension, Chronic axonal polyneuropathy. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

What are the side effects of mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

Many: The serious reactions include arrhythmias, hypotension, syncope, bronchospasm, respiratory arrest, pulmonary edema, cardiac arrest, av block, bradycardia, paralysis, seizures, the common reactions include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, dyspepsia, headache, dizziness, hypersalivation, runny nose, muscle cramps, nausea/vomiting, blurred vision, fatigue, urinary frequency and others. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus? Mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus? Mestinon (pyridostigmine)?

No one best medicine: Prednisone is the drug most commonly used to treat pemphigus. Other immunosuppressive agents are used either with or instead of Prednisone depending upon the individual's response & tolerance. All of these medications have potentially significant adverse effects so management by an expert in this disease and in using these drugs is vitally important. What's best for one is not best for another. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus. I have heard about mestinon (pyridostigmine) working?

What is the best medicine to treat pemphigus.  I have heard about mestinon (pyridostigmine) working?

Pemphigus: Phemphigus vulgaris is a potentially fatal autoimmune mucocutaneous blistering disease. Conventional therapy consists of high-dose corticosteroids, imminosuppressove agents, and intravenous immune globulin. Studies show that the biologic Rituximab and intravenous Immune Globulin is very effective with refractory pemphigus vulgaris. Mestinon (pyridostigmine) is not as effective as rituximab. ...Read more

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Mestinon (pyridostigmine) for Myasthenia, why does it seem like I feel weaker & etc AFTER taking it? Yet I'm afraid NOt to take it and get weaker!! what do u think?

Mestinon (pyridostigmine) for Myasthenia, why does it seem like I feel weaker & etc AFTER taking it? Yet I'm afraid NOt to take it and get weaker!! what do u think?

Don't stop it: Weakness/ fatigue are known side effects of the mestinon, (pyridostigmine) and you would suffer more if you stop it. Communicate that to your doctor on your next visit or call your doctor's office, you may need dose adjustment or ER form for less side effects, good luck ...Read more

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How does mestinon (pyridostigmine) affect the speed of digestion?

How does mestinon (pyridostigmine) affect the speed of digestion?

It dose stimulate: The muscules i the wall of the intestine and possibley increase disgestion in people how low active activity. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble breathing. Is it caused by pyridostigmine?

I'm having trouble breathing. Is it caused by pyridostigmine?

Pyridostigmine: not a side effect listed for pyridostigmine....if you're taking the drug

read this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyridostigmine ...Read more

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How does mestinon (pyridostigmine) help myasthenia gravis?

How does  mestinon (pyridostigmine) help myasthenia gravis?

Activate muscle: Myasthenia disrupts the connection between nerve and muscle by reducing the number of receptors for a transmitter called acetylcholine. Mestinon (pyridostigmine) prevents acetylcholine from being broken down in the body, giving it more time to diffuse along the muscle and activate the remaining receptors. The net result is to restore effective transmission between nerve and muscle. ...Read more

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Not long ago diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and about to start mestinon (pyridostigmine). please help!?

Not long ago diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and about to start mestinon (pyridostigmine). please help!?

Take Med: Take the mestinon (pyridostigmine) and see a good neurologist. Myasthenia is caused by an antibody that attacks the acetylcholine receptors on muscle tissue and leads to weakness. Mestinon (pyridostigmine) will help, but you need an expert to help care for your condition. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and about to start mestinon (pyridostigmine). What do I need to know?

Recently diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and about to start mestinon (pyridostigmine). What do I need to know?

Symptom treatment: While myasthenia reduces the effectiveness of muscle activation, Mestinon (pyridostigmine) works to increase it. It works well and starts working quickly, but does not change the course of the underlying disease- typically an immune modifying drug is used in conjunction with it to prevent disease progression. Typical side effects include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and muscle twitches. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and about to start mestinon (pyridostigmine). Is it a powerful medicine?

No: Mestinon (pyridostigmine) helps to restore some of the strength you lose in myesthenia gravis. It inhibits the breakdown of the chemical your body makes and you need to let muscles contract. You are given only a dose that helps to do this, not more. ...Read more

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I started mestinon (pyridostigmine) 5 days ago. 30mg tid. An hour after taking it, i get nervous, almost an anxiety feeling in my chest. Could this be a side effect?

I started mestinon (pyridostigmine) 5 days ago. 30mg tid. An hour after taking it, i get nervous, almost an anxiety feeling in my chest. Could this be a side effect?

Mestinon (pyridostigmine): Mestinon (pyridostigmine) stimulates cholinergic nerve receptors, which can affect your GI system, heart rhythm, breathing, sweating, and vision. Nervousness and anxiety are not usual side effects of this medication. ...Read more

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My mom is suffering mysthania gravis from 5 years.She was taking mestinon (pyridostigmine).But from few days the mestinon (pyridostigmine) is not working well.So what she will do?

My mom is suffering mysthania gravis from 5 years.She was taking mestinon (pyridostigmine).But from few days the mestinon (pyridostigmine) is not working well.So what she will do?

Needs re-evaluated : Mild myesthenia is treated symptomatically with mestinon, but most will eventually have to be treated by treating the actual disease with immune therapy, such as prednisone, ivig, cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). These are drugs that actually block the abnormal antibodies from attacking were the nerve meet the muscles. ...Read more

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What happens if ihave trouble breathing with pyridostigmine if I stop taking it will it improve?

What happens if ihave trouble breathing with pyridostigmine if I stop taking it will it improve?

Ask your doctor: Assume you are taking for myasthenic issue, and if so, the breathing may improve or worsen if you stop. It is critical that you report your problems to your doctor ASAP, as this drug is not so easy to manage on your own. ...Read more

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How does ivig treatments help with mg? I am already on mestinon (pyridostigmine) and predisone with not much change.

How does ivig treatments help with mg? I am already on mestinon (pyridostigmine) and predisone with not much change.

Can stabilize: On occasion, ivig can interrupt a period of poor responsivity to your current meds. Some pts improve after 2 or 3 ivig infusions, and stabilize. Ivig contains many immune chemicals, and since myasthenia is a problem with the neuromuscular junction, the autoimmune attack can be quelled when a relapse occurs. Unlikely that you will need this approach permanently. ...Read more

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Heart dr put me on Pyridostigmine and family dr told me to stop taking this of side effects heart Dr told me that will help me not to pass out?

Heart dr put me on Pyridostigmine and family dr told me to stop taking this of side effects heart Dr told me that will help me not to pass out?

Need to get: the two of them to talk to eachother. This happens every now and then. A simple phone call usually gets everyone on the same page and is appreciated by all. Best of health to you. ...Read more

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My son is 6 and has Myasthenia. He is on mestinon (pyridostigmine). When do I know he does not need it everyday? Also what is the best ways to talk to him about it?

My son is 6 and has Myasthenia.  He is on mestinon (pyridostigmine). When do I know he does not need it everyday? Also what is the best ways to talk to him about it?

Meds are life-long: With myasthenia gravis, treatment is life-long. Do not change his dosage without clearing it with his doctor. At his age, the best way to discuss it with him is that he has a health condition that needs treatment every day. Explain to him that the symptoms he's had are from this condition. At 6 years old, he may not understand more detailed information than this. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pyridostigmine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take pyridostigmine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Myasthenia and Preg: I wrote a chapter on this do a search on google for myasthenia gravis in pregnancy on emedicine or webmd. ...Read more

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How does mestinon (pyridostigmine) affect speed of digestion or stomach emptying?

How does mestinon (pyridostigmine) affect speed of digestion or stomach emptying?

Moves things quicker: Because of how it works (enhances acetylcholine effect on gut) it can causes nausea/vomitting, increases peristalsis (moves bowel/gut/stomache quicker), salivation, urination frequency, as well as causing slow of heart rate and low blood pressure etc...Its only medical uses are for myasthenia gravis and as an antidote for some anesthetic agent. If u have much trouble, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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