What is Pyridostigmine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Mestinon Mestinon Timespan Kalymin 60N

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Pyridostigmine is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor used for the symptomatic treatment of myaesthenia gravis and as an antidote for nondepolarizing neuromuscular blockers.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Myasthenia gravis 139 75
Fatigue 21 14
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome 9 5
Dysautonomia 7 6
Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome 7 1
Drooping eyelid (ptosis) 6 4

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 7
Moderate 21
Mild 29
None 52

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pyridostigmine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 20
Nausea 6
Excess saliva 3
Stomach pain 3
Sweating 3
Abdominal cramps 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pyridostigmine

Dosage Patients Percentage
60 mg three times daily 5
60 mg four times daily 4
60 mg daily 3
180 mg daily 3
30 mg three times daily 2
60 mg five times daily 2
120 mg four times daily 2
1 mg twice daily 1
30 mg daily 1
15 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Pyridostigmine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 18
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 11
Other 9
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Pyridostigmine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Pyridostigmine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 72
Usually 23
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 75
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 16
< $25 34
Not specified 56

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pyridostigmine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Meclizine (Meclizine OTC) 1
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Senna (Senokot) 1

Patients stopped taking Pyridostigmine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Droxidopa (Northera) 1
Fludrocortisone (Florinef) 1
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 1
Midodrine (ProAmatine) 1
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 1

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3 patient evaluations for Pyridostigmine

Mar 1, 2011 (Started Aug 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 8, 2009 (Started Apr 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for double vision (diplopia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excess mucus)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: The doctor prescribed way too much for me initially. I was to take 60 mg every four hours, well by the second dose I had 120 mg and I was rigid, weak, could not form words with my mouth and tongue, I sounded like I inhaled helium, my face muscles were not working together....I hyperventilated and my anxiety shot through the roof !A trip to the ER, with several IV's and a re-evaluation over the phone with the doc. I now take 1/2-1 30mg tablet as needed. I am monitoring symptoms...no vision improvement but it does help with speaking, choking and neck pain.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: excess mucus

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Aug 19, 2008 (Started Dec 17, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for atrophy of upper body muscles)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 180 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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