Edrophonium (Injection)


Edrophonium (e-droe-FOE-nee-um)
Used during tests for myasthenia gravis, and in emergency treatment of the disease. Reverses the effects of other medicines used to relax your muscles during surgery. Used to treat certain kinds of drug overdose.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.


When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to edrophonium, pyridostigmine, neostigmine, or related medicines. You should not receive this medicine if you are allergic to sulfites. You should not receive this medicine if you have a blockage in your intestines or urinary tract.

How to Use This Medicine

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
  • There are other drugs that can interact with edrophonium. Make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you are using. Your doctor may tell you to not take certain medicines eight hours before your test.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Tell your doctor if you have asthma or other breathing problems, heart disease, heart rhythm problems, or myasthenia gravis.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Heartbeat that is too fast, too slow, uneven, or pounding.
  • Muscle weakness or new trouble with movement.
  • Seizures (convulsions) or fainting.
  • Shallow breathing.
  • Trouble swallowing or speaking.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Increase in how much or how often you urinate, or unable to control when you urinate.
  • Increased sweating.
  • Nausea, vomiting, increased saliva in your mouth, diarrhea, stomach pain.
  • Vision changes, watery eyes.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
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