Enlon

1 What is Enlon?

Brand: Enlon, Reversol

Generic: Edrophonium injection

Enlon is used to help diagnose myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness) and may be used to help select the proper treatment for the disease. It is also used to reverse the effects of certain muscle relaxants (eg, gallamine, tubocurarine) during surgery or after an overdose of the muscle relaxant. Edrophonium is an anticholinesterase agent. This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Enlon, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. This is also a decision that both you and your doctor must make in considering the risk of using the medicine against the good will the medicine can do. Before using the medicine, the following needs to be considered.

Inform your doctor if you have any form of allergies or unusual reactions to this medicine or any other medicines. In addition, inform your healthcare professional of you have any form of allergies to foods, dyes, preservatives or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

In pediatrics, appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric specific problems that would limit the usefulness of edrophonium injection in children. In elderly patients, there is no information that is available on the relationship between age and the effects of edrophonium injection.

Breastfeeding studies on mothers indicate that there are no adequate studies in women for determining the infant risks when using this medication during breastfeeding. One needs to weight the potential of use against the potential risks before taking this medication while breast feeding. Drug interactions may present when using this medicine. It is known that certain medicines may not be used together completely.

In other situations, two different medicines may be used together even when there is a possibility of a drug interaction.  In this case, your doctor may want to vary the dose and precautions. When receiving this medicine, it is also important for your healthcare professional to know that you are using the medicines that you are listed below. The use of these medicines and their interactions are selected on the basis of their potential significant and may not be all inclusive.

Use of these medicines with any of the following medicines is not recommended though it may be required in some cases. if both of the medicines are prescribed together; your doctor may advise you to make changes as will be recommended. These medicines include:

  • Bupropion
  • Donepezil

Other interactions may occur and may not be used at or around times of eating food or certain types of foods since the interactions may occur. Use of alcohol or tobacco with using certain medicines may occur causing interactions to occur. In addition, discuss with your health care professional on the use of the medicines with food, alcohol or tobacco. Other forms of medical problems may also occur and affect the use of the medicines.

Make sure you inform your doctor in case of any medical problems. For instance, allergies to sulfites, history of allergies may cause severe allergic reaction. Similarly, asthma or other breathing problems, history of or Bradycardia (slow heart beat) or Heart rhythm problems. Use this medicine with caution since use of these medicines may make these conditions to be worse. Sometimes, blockage of bladder or Bowel blockage or Kidney (unable to urinate) may also occur. These medicines need not be used in patients with these conditions.

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3 Proper Usage

Enlon is administered by the doctor as an injection, so it will be used by your doctor.

A nurse or any other medical trained health care professional may give you or your child this medicine in a hospital. This medicine can be given as a shot into a muscle or into a vein.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Enlon, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

Regular monitoring of progress of you or your child while you are receiving this medicine is important. This will enable your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if the medicine should be continued. The stopper of the vial contains dry natural rubber (a derivative of latex), which may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to latex.

Tell your doctor if you or your children have a latex allergy before you start using this medicine. This medicine may cause serious types of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, mouth, or throat while you are receiving this medicine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Enlon.

It is known that not all the side effects may occur. However, when these side effects occur; this may require medical attention. Check with the nurse or doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur. There are many of the incidences that are not known such as:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fast, Slow, or Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Increased sweating
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Muscle twitches that are visible under the skin
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble speaking
  • Unusual tiredness

Moreover, some of the side effects may occur that may not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Your health care professional may advise you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your doctor when any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them. Some of the incidences not known include:

  • Abdominal or Stomach cramps
  • Constricted pupils (black part of the eye)
  • Diarrhea
  • Double vision
  • Hoarseness
  • Increased salivation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Redness of the white part of the eyes or inside of the eyelids
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Watering of the eyes

Other side effects that may not be listed may also occur.  In case there are other side effects, check with your healthcare professional. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

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