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SALAGEN
PILOCARPINE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

PILOCARPINE - ORAL

(pie-low-KAR-peen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Salagen

Uses

This medication causes an increase in saliva flow. It is used to treat dry mouth.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed usually three times a day. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Do not increase the dose or take this more often than directed since the chance of side effects will be increased.

Side Effects

Sweating, stomach upset, runny nose, flushing, chills, dizziness, weakness, and frequent urination may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop any of these highly unlikely symptoms: skin rash, anxiety, mood changes, headache, vomiting, eye pain, rapid or slowed heart rate, chest pain, tremor, breathing trouble. This drug may affect your vision, especially at night. Use caution driving. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: gallbladder problems, urinary tract disorders, asthma, lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, psychiatric illness, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, including: heart medication, asthma medication. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

If this medication causes you to sweat, be sure to drink fluids to prevent dehydration. Continue taking this medication unless instructed differently by your doctor. It may take up to 12 weeks to notice significant improvement.

Missed Dose

Take this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.