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   Pilocarpine

Pilocarpine
(oral) (tablet)


Treats dry mouth caused by radiation cancer treatment or a condition called Sjogren's syndrome.

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Salagen
 
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Pilocarpine
Salagen
Uses
Treats dry mouth caused by radiation cancer treatment or a condition called Sjogren's syndrome.

Storage
  • Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep all medicine away from children.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Tablet. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often.
  • Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you.
  • Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing Confusion, shaking, changes in mood or behavior Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat Increase in how much or how often you urinate Lightheadedness or fainting

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pilocarpine, or if you have eye problems such as iritis or glaucoma, or asthma that is not well-controlled.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a gall bladder disorder, heart disease, kidney disease, or lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD). This medicine may cause you to become dehydrated more easily than normal.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while you are using the medicine, especially if you exercise or sweat more than usual.

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