Whats 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.
Little, these days. Pilocarpine was once the mainstay of treatment for glaucoma. It isn't used much any more due to development of newer, better medications with fewer side effects. Some folks, who may have been using it for a long time, may still use it. Pilocarpine has been advocated by some as a treatment for dry eye, owing to the fact that it is so irritating, it can cause tearing!

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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...
It depends. Pilocarpine is still rarely used to treat some types of glaucoma. There are many newer drops that have a better side effect profile. Eye doctors tend to use these instead. Read more...

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...
Pilocarpine. It should not make much of a difference but i would suggest under the tongue where it will be absorbed more readily. You can run that by the pharmacist and\or prescribing doctor as well. Read more...
Vague. I would call the pharmacy and ask for the proper instructions. Your doctor may want you to use it a certain way, but don't use until you are totally confident in how to use. Read more...