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Pilocarpine

Pilocarpine reduces the amount of fluid in the eye. Pilocarpine is the active ingredient in the popular medication Salagen. Pilocarpine has been used in the treatment of chronic open-angle glaucoma and acute angle-closure glaucoma for over 100 years! Now you can order it for a fraction of the regular price!

Pilocarpine is also marketed as Salagen, Diocarpine, Miocarpine and Pilocarpine hydrochloride.

Uses

Pilocarpine is used to treat glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high pressure inside the eye). Pilocarpine is a cholinergic parasympathomimetic agent exerting a broad spectrum of pharmacologic effects with predominant muscarinic action.

How to take

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
  • Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
  • If you use any other eye medications, wait about 5 minutes after using pilocarpine eye drops before using the other medication.
  • Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

Side effects

Stop using Pilocarpine and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe stinging, burning, swelling, or redness of your eye;
  • vision changes;
  • eye pain or increased watering; or
  • crusting or drainage around your eye.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or discomfort of your eyes;
  • blurred vision; or
  • trouble seeing in dark light.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Precautions

Pilocarpine can cause side effects that can make it harder for you to see at night or in low light. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

Avoid using any other eye medications your doctor has not prescribed.

Drug interactions

There may be other drugs that can interact with Pilocarpine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Missed dose

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Storage

Store the drops at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.