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|Adsorbocarpine® Ophthalmic; Akarpine® Ophthalmic; Isopto® Carpine Ophthalmic; Ocu-Carpine®; Ocusert Pilo-20® Ophthalmic; Ocusert Pilo-40® Ophthalmic; Pilagan® Ophthalmic; Pilocar® Ophthalmic; Pilopine HS® Ophthalmic; Piloptic® Ophthalmic; Pilostat® Ophthalmic; Salagen®
|Foreign Brand Names|
Cholinergic Agonist; Ophthalmic Agent, Antiglaucoma; Ophthalmic Agent,
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to pilocarpine or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiation; therapy
for head and neck cancer; dry mouth and keratoconjunctivitis sicca in
- This medicine is used for the treatment of
|How does it work?|
- Pilocarpine increases saliva and fluids in the eye.
- Pilocarpine lowers intraocular
|How is it best taken?|
- Take as directed by healthcare provider.
- Make sure you are drinking enough liquids unless told to drink less by
healthcare provider. Avoid products with caffeine.
- For the eye only.
- Take out soft contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be
replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given.
- Do not touch the bottle or tube tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
- Tilt head back and drop medicine into eye.
- After using medicine keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the
inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps medicine in the
- Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes. Give one and wait 5 minutes
before using the next.
- Apply as a 1/2
inch ribbon inside lower lid.
- Close the eye for 1-2 minutes. Roll eyeball
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Use caution if you have lung disease. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Be careful in hot weather.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Runny nose.
- Frequent urination.
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position. Be careful climbing stairs.
- Decreased night vision. Use caution when driving or doing tasks that
require clear vision. Keep work area well light.
- Stinging or burning.
- Blurred vision.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for change in symptoms. Is condition better, worse, or about the
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Flushing or sweating that you are not able to tolerate.
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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