Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Pilocarpine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Pilocarpine for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Do not be discouraged if you do not feel better soon after taking the medicine. Pilocarpine must be taken regularly for it to work well.
Continue taking Pilocarpine even when you feel well. Do not stop taking Pilocarpine unless instructed by your doctor.
Take Pilocarpine with or immediately after food. Swallow the tablet with a glass of water.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Pilocarpine.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- lung disease
- liver disease
- stomach ulcers
- bile tract disease
- glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes)
- unusually excessive and profuse sweating
- Parkinson's disease
Pilocarpine may cause you to sweat a lot, sometimes excessively. Drink lots of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Alert your doctor if the sweating seems to be too much or if you have trouble drinking enough water to prevent dehydration.
If you are going for any surgery, including minor operations and dental procedures, inform the doctor or dentist that you are being treated with Pilocarpine.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have heart disease, kidney disease, urinary tract blockage, kidney stones or asthma.
Alert your doctor if you are having an eye infection or any other eye problems.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol may worsen the dizziness that Pilocarpine may cause.
Why do I need this medicine?
Pilocarpine is used to treat severe dry mouth in people who have received radiotherapy treatment for head or neck cancer.
It is also used to treat severe dry mouth and dry eyes in people who have an autoimmune condition called Sjogren's Syndrome.
Pilocarpine helps to relieve your discomfort by helping you produce more saliva and tears.
Pilocarpine cannot cure your condition, it can only help to relieve your symptoms of dry mouth and dry eyes.
What side effects could I experience?
Pilocarpine may cause blurred vision. This may last for as long as a few hours after each dose. Pilocarpine may also make it difficult for you to see in the dark or in poorly lighted places, or when you move from a lighted place to a dark place. It may also cause dizziness. Do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or be able to see clearly.
Pilocarpine may also make it difficult for you to see steps or to see that there is a change in the slope of the path or road.
Other common side effects include headache, tearing, drooling, eye pain, flushing of the face, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, stomach discomfort, indigestion, excessive sweating, flu-like symptoms, runny nose, weakness, tiredness, chills, skin rash and itch. You may also feel the urge to pass urine more often. Let your doctor know if these side effects are severe or if they do not go away.
Pilocarpine may also cause palpitations. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop unusually fast, irregular or pounding heartbeat.
Other side effects are less common but may need medical attention. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:
- difficulty breathing
- severe pain in the stomach or abdomen
- low blood pressure
- shaky or trembling hands
- become forgetful, confused or have mood swings
Let your doctor know if you experience any other side effects with Pilocarpine.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- heart or blood pressure medicine especially a certain type known as "beta-blockers". Examples of beta-blockers include atenolol, propranolol and metoprolol
- asthma medicine such as ipratropium
- Parkinson's disease medicines such as donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine
- medicines for stomach ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.