Mestinon is used for the treatment of myasthenia gravis.
In patients who suffer from myasthenia gravis the muscles quickly become tired and weak and, in severe cases, the muscles may become paralysed.
Myasthenia gravis is caused by excessive activity in the body of a protein called cholinesterase.
Mestinon belongs to a group of medicines known as cholinesterase inhibitors.
Cholinesterase inhibitors stop the excessive activity of cholinesterase and in this way help muscles to work properly.
Mestinon is also used to treat some rare forms of constipation (paralytic ileus) and inability to pass urine after an operation.
HOW TO USE
Swallow the tablets with water or another non-alcoholic drink.
If you have difficulty swallowing, you can break the tablets into pieces.
You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to take Mestinon.
The dose will depend on your illness, your needs and on your age as follows: For myasthenia gravis: •The usual adult dose is 1/2 to 2 tablets (30 to 120 mg Mestinon) to be taken five to six times daily, or higher doses if needed, as recommended by your doctor.
•For children under 6 years, the usual dose is 1/2 a tablet (30 mg).
For children aged 6 to 12 years, the usual starting dose is 1 tablet (60 mg).
The doctor will then gradually increase the dose until maximum improvement is seen.
In children the total dose per day is usually 30 to 360 mg.
Do not take Mestinon Tablets if you: •Are allergic (hypersensitive) to pyridostigmine, bromides or any of the other ingredients of MestinonTablets.
•Are constipated or cannot urinate, unless your doctor has told you to use this medicine.
This is because Mestinon is only for some types of constipation and inability to pass urine.