Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Neonatal myasthenia gravis
Child: As neostigmine metilsulfate: Initially, 0.1 mg, followed by 0.05-0.25 mg or 0.03 mg/kg 2-4 hrly.

Reversal of neuromuscular blockade
Adult: As neostigmine metilsulfate: 0.05-0.07 mg/kg by inj over 60 sec, as required.
Child: Same as adult dose.

Myasthenia gravis
Adult: As neostigmine bromide: 15-30 mg. Doses are given at intervals according to response up to a usual total daily dose of 75-300 mg.
Child: <6 yr Initially, 7.5 mg; 6-12 yr Initially, 15 mg. Doses are adjusted according to response up to a usual total daily dose of 15-90 mg.

Paralytic ileus and postoperative urinary retention
Adult: As neostigmine bromide: 15-30 mg. Frequency of doses may vary according to response.
Child: 2.5-15 mg. Frequency of doses may vary according to response.

Paralytic ileus and postoperative urinary retention
Adult: As neostigmine metilsulfate: 0.5-2.5 mg by SC or IM inj, as required.
Child: 0.125-1 mg by SC or IM inj.

Myasthenia gravis
Adult: As neostigmine metilsulfate: 0.5-2.5 mg by IM or SC inj, doses are given at intervals according to response up to a total daily dose of 5-20 mg.
Child: <12 yr 0.2-0.5 mg, repeated at suitable intervals throughout the day.
Renal Impairment
Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT): 50% of normal dose.
CrCl (mL/min)
<10 25% of normal dose.
10-50 50% of normal dose.
Dose adjustment may be required.
Peritonitis, mechanical GI or urinary obstruction.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ bronchial asthma, CV disorders (e.g. bradycardia, recent MI, hypotension), peptic ulcer disease, vagotonia, epilepsy, parkinsonism, hyperthyroidism. Patient who underwent recent intestinal or bladder surgery. Renal impairment. Childn. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Nausea and vomiting, increased salivation, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps; hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis, urticaria, angioedema); neuromuscular dysfunction in high doses of IV preparation.
Potentially Fatal: Resp failure, due to a combination of muscarinic, nicotinic and central effects or cardiac arrest.
IM/IV/Parenteral/PO/SC: C
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor ECG, BP and heart rate esp w/ IV use.
Symptoms: Muscarinic effects e.g. abdominal cramps, increased peristalsis, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, increased bronchial secretions, salivation, diaphoresis, miosis and nicotinic effects e.g. muscular cramps, fasciculations, general weakness. Bradycardia and hypotension may also occur. Management: Empty the stomach by gastric lavage. May give activated charcoal to decrease absorption. Artificial respiration should be instituted for severe resp depression. Give atropine sulfate 1-2 mg IV to control muscarinic effects.
Drug Interactions
May potentiate neuromuscular blockade w/ depolarising muscle relaxants (e.g. suxamethonium) resulting to prolonged apnoea. Drugs w/ neuromuscular blocking activity (e.g. aminoglycosides, clindamycin, colistin, cyclopropane, halogenated inhalational anaesth) may antagonise the effects of neostigmine. Reduced effects w/ quinine, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, quinidine, procainamide, propafenone, lithium. Prolonged bradycardia w/ β-blockers.
Description: Neostigmine inhibits the hydrolysis of acetylcholine by competing w/ acetylcholine for its binding site on acetylcholinesterase. It facilitates impulse transmission across neuromuscular junctions thus, enhancing cholinergic action. It also has a direct cholinomimetic effect on skeletal muscle and possibly on autonomic ganglion cells and neurons of the CNS.
Onset: 1-2 hr (oral); 20-30 min (IM).
Duration: 2-4 hr (oral); 2.5-4 hr (IM).
Absorption: Poorly absorbed from the GI tract. Bioavailability: Approx 1-2%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 1-2 hr.
Distribution: Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk (small amounts). Volume of distribution: 0.12-1.4 L/kg (IV). Plasma protein binding: 15-25%.
Metabolism: Undergoes hepatic metabolism and hydrolysis by cholinesterases.
Excretion: Via urine, as unchanged drug and metabolites. Half-life: 42-60 min (oral); 51-90 min (IM); 24-113 min (IV).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Neostigmine, CID=4456, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Neuromuscular Disorder Drugs
ATC Classification
N07AA01 - neostigmine ; Belongs to the class of anticholinesterase. Used as parasympathomimetics.
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