Pilocarpine. For chronic open-angle glaucome & acute angle-closure glaucoma, as antidote for atropine/scopolamine poisoning, for dry mouth, & in diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.
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.
Sometimes. Pilocarpine is still sometimes used to treat certain types of glaucoma. These days we have newer eyedrop with a better side effect profile.
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.
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.