Ambenonium Chloride

Ambenonium Chloride Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

AMBENONIUM CHLORIDE (Am ben OH nee um klor ide) can help with muscle strength. It is used to treat myasthenia gravis.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma

  • difficulty passing urine

  • heart disease

  • irregular, slow heartbeat

  • Parkinson's disease or tremor

  • seizures

  • stomach or bowel obstruction or ulcers

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ambenonium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water, Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. It is best to take it the same way each time. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • other medicines for myasthenia gravis like neostigmine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • atropine

  • bethanechol

  • disopyramide

  • edrophonium

  • guanadrel

  • guanethidine

  • mecamylamine

  • medicines that block muscle or nerve pain

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • muscle cramps, spasm

  • slow or irregular heartbeat

  • stomach cramps, pain

  • unusually weak or tired

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • diarrhea, especially at start of treatment

  • increased saliva

  • increased sweating

  • nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.


 

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