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Pilocarpine

Pilocarpine Information

Pilocarpine Benefits & Uses

Pilocarpine is used to treat the following -

Pilocarpine Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Pilocarpine

Pilocarpine

Pilocarpine Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Pilocarpine is used -

  1. Headache Mild
  2. Excessive sweating
  3. Increased blood pressure
  4. Blurred vision
  5. Slow heart rate (pulse)
  6. Itching or burning
  7. Conjunctivitis Moderate
  8. Visual Disturbance
  9. Diarrhoea
  10. Tremor
  11. Constipation Moderate
  12. Nausea or vomiting
  13. Respiratory Disorder
  14. Chills
  15. Flushing
  16. Weakness
  17. Abdominal Pain Mild

Pilocarpine Related Warnings

Is the use of Pilocarpine safe for pregnant women?

It is not known what effect Pilocarpine will have on pregnant women, because no research work has been carried out on this till date.

Unknown

Is the use of Pilocarpine safe during breastfeeding?

Information about safety of Pilocarpine for women who are breastfeeding is not available since scientific research on this is yet to be done.

Unknown

What is the effect of Pilocarpine on the Kidneys?

Kidney can be affected by Pilocarpine. If you experience any unwanted effects of this drug, stop taking it. You should take it again only after medical advice.

Moderate

What is the effect of Pilocarpine on the Liver?

Pilocarpine can have moderate side effects on the liver. If you notice any harmful effects then stop taking this drug right away. Consult your doctor before using this medicine again.

Moderate

What is the effect of Pilocarpine on the Heart?

The heart can be affected by Pilocarpine. If you experience any unwanted effects of this drug, stop taking it and consult your doctor. You should restart the medicine only after medical advice.

Moderate

Severe Interaction of Pilocarpine with Other Drugs

Pilocarpine should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Amoxapine

Atropine

Dicyclomine

Chlordiazepoxide,Clidinium

    Paracetamol,Chlorpheniramine,Dextromethorphan

      Pilocarpine Contraindications

      If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Pilocarpine unless your doctor advises you to do so -

      1. Uveitis
      2. Asthma
      3. Glaucoma
      4. Iritis
      5. Liver Disease
      6. Cataract

      Frequently asked Questions about Pilocarpine

      Is this Pilocarpine habit forming or addictive?

      Pilocarpine does not cause addiction.

      No

      Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

      After taking Pilocarpine, you should not drive or work on any heavy machine, as Pilocarpine can make you drowsy.

      Dangerous

      Is it safe?

      Yes, the use of Pilocarpine is considered safe.

      Safe

      Is it able to treat mental disorders?

      Pilocarpine is unable to treat or cure mental disorders.

      No

      Pilocarpine Interactions with Food and Alcohol

      Interaction between Food and Pilocarpine

      Information is not available on the interaction of any foods with Pilocarpine, due to a lack of research on this.

      Unknown

      Interaction between Alcohol and Pilocarpine

      Taking Pilocarpine with alcohol can have severely harmful effects on your health.

      Severe
      This medicine data has been created by -
      Dr. Md Saadullah
      M.Pharma, Pharmacy
      3 Years of Experience
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      Dr. Vikas Chauhan
      B.Pharma, Pharmacy
      2 Years of Experience
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      References

      1. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Isopto® Carpine (pilocarpine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution)
      2. KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 104
      3. April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski. [link]. Sixteenth Edition. Philadelphia, China: F. A. Davis Company; 2019: Page No 1029-1030