Pyridostigmine

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Pyridostigmine is a long-acting anticholinesterase inhibitor used for treatment of canine myasthenia gravis.

This drug is sometimes given in conjunction with mycophenolate mofetil to improve survival rates in MG-affected dogs[1].

This drug can also be used safely in conjunction with azathioprine and prednisolone in refractory MG cases[2].

Recommended dose rate in dogs is 1 - 3 mg/kg given orally two or three times daily[3].

References

  1. Dewey CW et al (2010) Mycophenolate mofetil treatment in dogs with serologically diagnosed acquired myasthenia gravis: 27 cases (1999-2008). J Am Vet Med Assoc 236(6):664-668
  2. Dewey CW et al (1999) Azathioprine therapy for acquired myasthenia gravis in five dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 35(5):396-402
  3. Foy DS et al (2011) Cholinergic crisis after neostigmine administration in a dog with acquired focal myasthenia gravis. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio) 21(5):547-551