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Pilocarpine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Salagen® Adult

Pilocarpine - What is it for

Pilocarpine is a medicine that increases saliva flow, and is used to treat dry mouth.

Pilocarpine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Pilocarpine cause?

  • Sweating
    Ensure that you are receiving sufficient fluid intake.
  • Stomach upset
  • Runny nose, tearing of eyes
  • Flushing, chills
  • Dizziness, weakness
  • Frequent urination

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Side effects become severe
  • Anxiety and mood changes
  • Headache and vomiting
  • Eye pain or vision changes
  • Chest pain
  • Allergic reactions e.g. skin rash, swelling, breathing difficulties

Before taking Pilocarpine, what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist regarding any other medical conditions you have e.g. closed-angle glaucoma or medicines that you are currently taking.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Pilocarpine?

Pilocarpine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Pilocarpine be used?

It is a tablet that is taken by mouth, with a full glass of water. Follow your prescribed dose and do not take more than directed.

It may take up to 12 weeks of treatment to notice significant improvement in your dry mouth.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Pilocarpine, take it as soon as your remember. However, skip the dose if it is near the time for your next dose. Do not double dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Pilocarpine - Handling

How should I handle Pilocarpine safely?

Pilocarpine - Storage

How should I store Pilocarpine?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Pilocarpine safely?

Pilocarpine - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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