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Dr. Andreas Loepke
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Pilocarpine (Overview)

Pilocarpine is an antiglaucoma which is a kind of eye-affecting drug.


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What does pilocarpine do?

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 any more. 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

Dr. Andreas Loepke
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Pilocarpine (Overview)

Pilocarpine is an antiglaucoma which is a kind of eye-affecting drug.


Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What pilocarpine is used for?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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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I've been having a dry mouth the past week and a pharmacy ordered pilocarpine eye drops for me by request. Should I use it on top of tongue or beneath?

I've been having a dry mouth the past week and a pharmacy ordered pilocarpine eye drops for me by request. Should I use it on top of tongue or beneath?

Either or pill form: Pilocarpine helps salivary glands to make more saliva. The medication comes in pill form also, but this treatment is of greatest benefit to patients with chronic dry mouth symptoms. Perhaps some of your medication is causing dry mouth symptoms, and your symptoms could be helped by eliminating some of your medication? ...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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Eye trauma mydriasis .1 month used pilocarpine pupil go thalf smaller in size n its reacting to light should continue or stop pilocarpine?

Give it 6 months: Most trauma involving nervous and muscle tissue are given six months to maximize recovery. So you have about 5 months to continue the Pilocarpine to get the final effect. It sounds like you are getting recovery already. ...Read more

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

Does pilocarpine drop constrict the dialated pupil completely to the normal or does it shows 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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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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One of the pupil is fixed and dialated from long time. Pilocarpine was not able to constrict.Scan n eye check gives no clue.

One of the pupil is fixed and dialated from long time. Pilocarpine was not able to constrict.Scan n eye check gives no clue.

Possibly: Traumatic. Could be fixed in dilation from old inflammatory disease. Not reacting to Pilocarpine rules out recent adies pupil but there are many other causes. ...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 any more. 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?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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: No contraindications were noted on Dailymed. See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=53fa0b7a-f982-48a7-92c4-6f098683c1ed ...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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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? 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 side effects are associated with Pilocarpine?

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

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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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