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pilocarpine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pilocarpine (Salagen)?

Before taking pilocarpine, talk to your doctor if you have:

  • glaucoma or other eye problems
  • asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or other breathing or lung problems;
  • heart problems;
  • gallbladder problems;
  • mental problems;
  • stomach problems;
  • abnormal blood pressure or blood vessel problems;
  • kidney problems; or
  • liver problems.

You may not be able to take pilocarpine or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Pilocarpine is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether pilocarpine will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take pilocarpine without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether pilocarpine passes into breast milk. Do not take pilocarpine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take pilocarpine (Salagen)?

Take pilocarpine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Pilocarpine can be taken with or without food.

It is important to take pilocarpine regularly to get the most benefit.

Store pilocarpine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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