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Generic Name: Becilan Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is becilan (pyridostigmine bromide) used for?

Becilan is commonly used for treating muscle weakness resulting from myasthenia gravis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How should I take becilan (pyridostigmine bromide)?

Becilan may be taken with or without food. Swallow it whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.

How do I store becilan (pyridostigmine bromide)?

Becilan is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store becilan in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of becilan that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush becilan down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using becilan (pyridostigmine bromide)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any ingredients of this drug.  Also, avoid machine driving or drinking alcohol while taking becilan.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from becilan (pyridostigmine bromide)?

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. These common side effects are:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Increase urge to urinate
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vison
  • Anxiousness
  • Feeling of panic

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with becilan (pyridostigmine bromide)?

Becilan may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with becilan (pyridostigmine bromide)?

Becilan may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with becilan (pyridostigmine bromide)?

Becilan may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using becilan (pyridostigmine bromide).

What is the dose of becilan (pyridostigmine bromide) for an adult?

Taking becilan once, twice or several times a day at the same time.

What is the dose of becilan (pyridostigmine bromide) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is becilan (pyridostigmine bromide) available?

Becilan is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of becilan, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: March 19, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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