Treating dry mouth associated with radiation treatment for cancer or Sjogren syndrome. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Pilocarpine is a cholinergic agent. It works by increasing the secretion of saliva from the salivary glands, which helps to relieve dry mouth.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Pilocarpine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pilocarpine . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Pilocarpine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Pilocarpine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pilocarpine .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Chills; dizziness; flushing; frequent urination; nausea; runny nose; sweating; vision changes (eg, blurred vision); weakness.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abdominal pain; breathing problems; change in heart rate; confusion; excessive sweating; excessive tears; headache; shaking; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include abnormal heartbeat; blood pressure changes; confusion; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; headache; tremors; vision changes; vomiting.Proper storage of Pilocarpine :
Store Pilocarpine at room temperature, up to 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Keep Pilocarpine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Pilocarpine . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.