Pilocarpine

Generic Name: Pilocarpine

  • What is Pilocarpine?

    Pilocarpine is an eyedrop used to treat glaucoma (high pressure in the eye). It can be used alone or in combination with other medications.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Pilocarpine?

    Apply pilocarpine in your eyes only; it is not for internal use.

    To prevent contaminating the dropper tip and solution, do not allow the tip to touch your eyelids or surrounding areas.

    Pilocarpine may make it difficult for you to see in the dark. Be careful while driving at night, or doing any hazardous activity in poor light.

  • Who should not take Pilocarpine?

    Pilocarpine should not be used if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Pilocarpine?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with pilocarpine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 1 or 2 drops taken up to three or four times a day or as directed by your doctor.

  • How should I take Pilocarpine?

    Take pilocarpine exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Pilocarpine?

    Pilocarpine can make it difficult for you to see in the dark. Be careful while driving at night, or doing any hazardous activity in dim light.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Pilocarpine?

    If pilocarpine is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining pilocarpine with any other medications.

  • What are the possible side effects of Pilocarpine?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: cloudy vision, diarrhea, headache over your eye, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, increased saliva, nausea, nearsightedness, reduced vision in poor light, stinging and burning, sweating, tearing eyes, vomiting

  • Can I receive Pilocarpine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of pilocarpine during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Pilocarpine?

    If you miss a dose of pilocarpine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Pilocarpine?

    Store at room temperature.