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I want to ask about pilocar (pilocarpine)?

I want to ask about pilocar (pilocarpine)?

Glaucoma treatment: This is an infrequently prescribed eyedrop causing pupillary constriction and lowering of the internal pressure of the eye for treating glaucoma. The application frequency at four a day is uncomfortable and the pupillary construction with focus changes are unwanted so it is used little since alternatives are available. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pilocar allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Pilocar allergy?

Pilocar allergy: Pilocar (Pilocarpine) is used to stimulate production of saliva & to treat glaucoma. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www.drugs.com/cdi/pilocar-drops.html ...Read more

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I had ICL surgery but my pupils dilate more than optical zone of lense. I am on pilocar (pilocarpine) 1% for 6 months to causr miosis for lifetime. Will it help?

Most likely: Pilocarpine should keep your pupils small enough but you may need to use it indefinitely. Unfortunately the only other options are bromonidine, another drop to keep the pupils from dilating, taking out the lens or just learning to tolerate the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the medication pilocarpine hydrochloride used for?

What is the medication pilocarpine hydrochloride used for?

Couple of uses: Pilocarpine eye drops are used to treat glaucoma by lowering eye pressure. It is an old medication and is infrequently used today because of undesirable side effects, such as constriction of the pupil and headache. It is also used sometimes before certain eye procedures. Pilocarpine is also in salagen, an oral medication used for dry mouth as it stimulates salivation. ...Read more

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What? Pilocarpine is used in glaucoma?

What? Pilocarpine is used in glaucoma?

Lowers eye pressure: Pilocarpine is a classic drug used to lower the internal eye pressure as a treatment for glaucoma. It can also adjust the pupil to help prevent acute glaucoma attacks. It has a number of side effects and must be used frequently each day, so it has fallen out of favor due to more useful eyedrops now available. But it is still useful in some patients. ...Read more

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What does pilocarpine do?

Lower eye pressure: For many years it was the first line of lowering pressure in those with glaucoma, but seldom is used anymore. It also caused the pupil to be very small and was painful when put in the eye. For most cases it needed to be used 4 times a day and now most glaucoma medications are used less often and have less side effects. It also was believed to cause cataracts, but not proven. ...Read more

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What is Pilocarpine used for?

Pilocarpine: "Pilocarpine hydrochloride tablets, USP are indicated for 1) the treatment of symptoms of dry mouth from salivary gland hypofunction caused by radiotherapy for cancer of the head and neck; and 2) the treatment of symptoms of dry mouth in patients with Sjogren's syndrome." See; http://www.drugs.com/pro/pilocarpine.html ...Read more

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Can children use Pilocarpine?

Can children use Pilocarpine?

Why do you ask?: Pilocarpine is approved in children for specific indications. For example, some doctors may use it to help with conditions that predispose to dry mouth; ophthalmologists may use it in the eye to help control glaucoma. However, it can be very dangerous if not used properly as it may have significant side effects and interactions. Therefore, it must not be used without physician supervision. ...Read more

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What pilocarpine is used for?

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Pilocarpine: For chronic open-angle glaucome & acute angle-closure glaucoma, as antidote for atropine/scopolamine poisoning, for dry mouth, & in diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Who should not use Pilocarpine?

Pilocarpine: "Pilocarpine hydrochloride tablets are contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled asthma, known hypersensitivity to Pilocarpine, and when miosis is undesirable, e.g., in acute iritis and in narrow-angle (angle closure) glaucoma." See: http://www.drugs.com/pro/pilocarpine.html ...Read more

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Can you help me understand pilocarpine?

Lowers eye pressure: Pilocarpine is a classic drug used to lower the internal eye pressure as a treatment for glaucoma. It can also adjust the pupil to help prevent acute glaucoma attacks. It has a number of side effects and must be used frequently each day, so it has fallen out of favor due to more useful eyedrops now available. But it is still useful in some patients. ...Read more

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How effective is Pilocarpine for treating glaucoma?

How effective is Pilocarpine for treating glaucoma?

Pilocarpine: Pilocarpine is contraindicated with narrow-angle (angle closure) glaucoma. (See: http://www.drugs.com/pro/pilocarpine.html) However, it can be beneficial for treatment of some types of glaucoma. ...Read more

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Please explain why pilocarpine is used in glaucoma?

Please explain why pilocarpine is used in glaucoma?

Because it works: Pilocarpine is the oldest medication for glaucoma. It reduces pressure by increasing the outflow of aqueous humor from the eye. It has a lot of side-effects and must be used 3-4 times per day. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Pilocarpine?

Pilocarpine: See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/pilocarpine-side-effects.html

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Can I have withdraw from stopping usage of pilocarpine hydrochloride pills?

No: If you stop then the signs and symptoms will recur. This is not withdrawl. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Pilocarpine?

Pilocarpine: Pilocarpine is FDA Pregnancy Category C (Risk cannot be ruled out). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pilocarpine allergy?

Pilocarpine: Pilocarpine is seldom used anymore and can be replaced by other glaucoma medications. Red sore itchy eye and eyelids would indicate the start. ...Read more

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Does pilocarpine drop constrict the dialated pupil completely to the normal or does it show very less constriction. How to verify if the drops work?

Does pilocarpine drop constrict the dialated pupil completely to the normal or does it show very less constriction. How to verify if the drops work?

Miosis: Topical Pilocarpine is a pupillary constrictor. In a normal pupil the Pilocarpine will make the pupil smaller than normal. If the pupil has been previously dilated it will not necessarily constrict the pupil to normal or smaller. It depends on what dilated your pupil. Some dilating agents like Atropine are not reversed by pilocarpine. Weaker agents like mydriacl will be slowly over-come by pilo. ...Read more

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Do you know what works better than salagen (pilocarpine) for radiation induced xerostomia?

Do you know what works better than salagen (pilocarpine) for radiation induced xerostomia?

Evoxac (cevimeline): Is another pharmacological agent often used for the treatment of radiation-induced xerostomia. Ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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I jus wanted to know that can pilocarpine be used alternatively with atropine to break the adherence of iris to lens in case of iridocyclitis?

I jus wanted to know that can pilocarpine be used alternatively with atropine to break the adherence of iris to lens in case of iridocyclitis?

Generally no: Dilating drops seem to help to break the adhesions but miosis (making the pupil smaller) with Pilocarpine does not seem to enhance the effect. ...Read more

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My pupil is left dilated from iritis. Was given pilocarpine for 3days it reduced pupil about 4mm. But after stopin drops the pupil is dilated again? Y

My pupil is left dilated from iritis. Was given pilocarpine for 3days it reduced pupil about 4mm. But after stopin drops the pupil is dilated again? Y

See an Eye MD: Iritis can cause permanent pupil dilation if it was severe enough to begin with. You should be under the care of an ophthalmologist to be sure that everything that can be done is being done. ...Read more

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What's the use of pilocarpine eye drops?

What's the use of pilocarpine eye drops?

Eye pressure treatin: Pilocarpine is a classic drug used to lower the internal eye pressure as a treatment for glaucoma. It can also adjust the pupil to help prevent acute glaucoma attacks. It has a number of side effects and must be used frequently each day, so it has fallen out of favor due to more useful eyedrops now available. But it is still useful in some patients. ...Read more

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Truamaic eye dialted from one month. Used pilocarpine drop but vision got blur what to do?

Try lesser strength: It is possible that you could use a lesser strength of pilocarpine. This would reduce the visual blur. A compounding pharmacy can prepare a lesser concentration with a doctor's order. ...Read more

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Glaucoma --should I use pilocarpine eye drops?

If prescribed: Pilocarpine is a classic antiglaucoma medication. It is effective but has fallen out of favor due to its side effects — pupillary constriction and focusing issues especially in younger patients. You should follow the advice of your ophthalmologist and if he determines a need for this eyedrop, go for it. ...Read more

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Glaucoma & pilocarpine eye drops, do the drops help?

Glaucoma & pilocarpine eye drops, do the drops help?

Classic treatment: Pilocarpine was the first anti-glaucoma drop developed and has been in use over 100 years. It constricts the pupil and affects the focus of the eye so it has largely been replaced by effective drops that have fewer side effects. It still is a useful agent in some cases and is still available on prescription. ...Read more

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Is pilocarpine 2% eye drops safe to take for severe keratoconjuctivitis?

Yes but why: Pilocarpine is not commonly used these days although it is a terrific drop to treat glaucoma. It has no effectiveness for keratoconjunctivitis so why is this being proposed for this condition? ...Read more

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