Brand names - Salagen.
Medication type - Cholinergic parasympathomimetic
Common side effects - Increased sweating.
Rare side effects - Bloating or fluid
retention, chills, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, dizziness,
rapid heartbeat, headache, indigestion, frequent urination, redness
of face or feeling of warmth, trembling or shaking, difficulty swallowing,
excessive tearing, change in voice.
Serious side effects - Serious side
effects include chest pain, heartbeat irregularities, severe or
ongoing diarrhea, confusion, nausea or vomiting, headache, stomach
pain or cramps, difficulty breathing, severe or persistent vision
problems, severe trembling or shaking, and fatigue. Call your doctor
Dosage - Adults: 5 mg, 3 times a day.
If needed, the dose may be increased to 10 mg, 3 times a day.
Uses - To treat dryness of the mouth
Other notes - Take it with food to
reduce stomach upset. See your dentist regularly while taking pilocarpine.
If the drug causes increased sweating, consume more fluids to prevent
dehydration. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns about
the proper amount of fluid intake.