Pyridostigmine bromide Tablets USP 60mg
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
? Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
? If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
? This medicine has been prescribed for you.
Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If you experience any side effect and this becomes serious, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet
3. How to take Pyridostigmine bromide Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Pyridostigmine bromide Tablets
6. Further information
1. What pyridostigmine bromide tablet is and what it is used for
Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet 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.
Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet 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.
Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet is also used to treat some rare forms of constipation (paralytic ileus) and inability to pass urine after an operation.
2. Before you take pyridostigmine bromide tablet tablets
Do not take Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet Tablets if you:
? Are allergic (hypersensitive) to pyridostigmine, bromides or any of the other ingredients of Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet Tablets (these are listed in section 6, ?Further Information?).
??????????? Are constipated or cannot urinate, unless your doctor has told you to use this medicine. This is because the Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet is only for some types of constipation and inability to pass urine (see Section 1).
Take special care with Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet
Before treatment with Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet, tell your doctor if you:
? Suffer from asthma or have other chest problems such as wheeziness, difficulty in breathing or chronic cough.
??????????? Have recently had coronary obstruction (heart attack), have a slow heartbeat or any other heart condition.
? Have low blood pressure.
? Have a stomach ulcer.
? Have epilepsy.
? Have Parkinson?s disease.
? Have kidney problems.
- Suffer from a condition called vagotonia (this is a condition where overactivity of the vagus nerve causes symptoms such as slow heart rate, low blood pressure, constipation, sweating and painful muscle spasms).
- Have an overactive thyroid gland
- Have had an operation to remove your thymus gland.
- There is no evidence to suggest that Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet has any special effects on elderly patients.
- Taking other medicines
- Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
- This is extremely important, as using more than one medicine at the same time can strengthen or weaken the effect of the medicines. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- Medicines are known as steroids or other immunosuppressant medicines.
- Medicines are known as antimuscarinics (e.g. atropine, hyoscine).
- Medicines containing methylcellulose
- Medicines to treat an irregular heartbeat
- Other medicines that interfere with transmission between nerves and muscles
- If you are going to have surgery
- Tell your doctor that you are taking Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet. Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet can stop the effect of some medicines used to relax muscles during surgery (e.g. pancuronium, vecuronium).
- Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet can also prolong the effect of other muscle relaxants (e.g. suxamethonium).
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding
- Tell your doctor before you start treatment if you:
- Are pregnant, if you think you are pregnant, or if you intend to become pregnant.
- Are breastfeeding, as Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet passes into breast milk in small amounts.
- Your doctor will then decide if you can take this medicine.
- Driving and using machines
- Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet may reduce the sharpness of your eyesight and therefore your ability to drive or use machines. Do not drive or operate machines if this medicine affects your ability to see clearly.
- Important information about some of the ingredients of Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet Tablets
- Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet Tablets contain lactose. Therefore, if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. How to take pyridostigmine bromide tablet
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 Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet.
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 Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet) 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.
The tablets take 30 to 60 minutes to start working after you have taken them.
The effect of each dose should last about four hours during the day and about six hours at night.
You should try to take your medicine so that it can work when your muscles are needed most, for
example, when you get up and about 30 to 60 minutes before a meal.
For paralytic ileus (constipation) and post-operative inability to pass urine:
? The usual adult dose is 1 to 4 tablets (60 to 240 mg Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet) daily and for children 1/4 to 1 tablet
(15 to 60 mg) daily, depending on the needs of the patient.
If you take more Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet than you should
If you take too many tablets or someone else accidentally takes your medicine, contact your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital straight away.
If you forget to take Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet
If you forget to take one of your daily doses, take it as soon as you remember, and take the next dose at the normal time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you miss more than a single dose, you should contact your doctor for advice.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Possible side effects with Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet:
Side effects of unknown frequency:
? visual disturbance, producing more tears than usual
an irregular heartbeat, heart block, low blood pressure, fainting
? producing more phlegm than usual combined with constriction of the airways
? feeling sick, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, producing more saliva than usual
? excessive sweating
? muscle weakness and twitching, shaking, muscle cramps
????? the sudden, compelling urge to urinate.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet.
5. How to store pyridostigmine bromide tablet tablets
Keep Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet Tablets out of the reach and sight of children.
Store the bottle in the original outer carton.
Keep the bottle tightly closed in order to protect from moisture.
Do not store above 25 ?C.
Do not use Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet Tablets after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle label and outer carton after the text ?EXP?. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines must not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Further information
What Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet contains
Active substance: Each tablet contains 60 mg
of pyridostigmine bromide.
Other ingredients: Colloidal hydrated silica, maize
starch, lactose monohydrate, talc and magnesium stearate.
What Pyridostigmine bromide Tablet looks like and contents of the pack
The tablets are scored on one side so that they can be broken into halves or quarters and ? V ? is imprinted on the other side.
7. Manufactured in India by:
TAJ LIFE SCIENCES PVT. LTD.
Unit No. 214, Old Bake House,
Bake House Lane, Fort,
at: Ahmedabad- Gujarat, INDIA.
Ho.NO.+91 8448 444 095
Toll Free Phone: (1800-222-434 / 1800-222-825)