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Frequently Asked Questions
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Pilocarpine ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high pressure inside the eye).
Pilocarpine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- a detached retina;
- iritis; or
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Wash your hands before using eye medication.
Do not use while wearing soft contact lenses. A preservative in this medicine could permanently stain the lenses. Use the medicine at least 10 minutes before inserting your contact lenses.
Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
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 and squeeze a drop into this pocket. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes.
Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
Wait at least 5 minutes before using any other eye medications your doctor has prescribed.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Store this medicine in an upright position at room temperature. Do not freeze.
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include sweating, nausea, tremors, or slow heart rate.
Avoid using any other eye medications your doctor has not prescribed.
Pilocarpine can make it harder for you to see at night or in low light. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe stinging, burning, swelling, or redness of your eye;
- vision changes;
- eye pain or increased watering; or
- signs of eye infection--swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage.
Common side effects may include:
- headache, eyebrow pain;
- eye pain or irritation;
- blurred vision;
- trouble seeing in low light; or
- your eyes may be more sensitive to light.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about pilocarpine ophthalmic.
|Brand Name Examples||Supplied As||Strength|
|Salagen||Tablet||5 Mg7.5 Mg|
|Generic Examples||Supplied As||Strength|
|Pilocarpine Hydrochloride||Tablet||5 Mg7.5 Mg|