What is Pilocarpine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Salagen

false

Pilocarpine, as an ophthalmic agent that is used in the management of chronic simple glaucoma, chronic and acute angle-closure glaucoma. When given orally it is used to treat symptoms of dry mouth caused by decreased function of salivary glands.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Sjogren's syndrome 74 38
Dry mouth 15 16
Dry eyes 2 1
Decreased saliva 1 1
Excessive dry mouth 1 1

Show all 10 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
4
Moderate
5
Mild
9
None
30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pilocarpine

Side effect Patients
Sweating 5
Sweating increased 4
Excessive sweating 2
Nausea 2
Blurry vision 1
Drooling 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pilocarpine

Dosage Patients
5 mg three times daily 7
5 mg daily 4
15 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 2
5 mg four times daily 2
22.5 mg daily 2
5 mg weekly 1
10 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
10 mg three times daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pilocarpine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 13
Side effects too severe 12
Doctor's advice 10
Other 4
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 36 patients who've stopped taking Pilocarpine

Duration

Currently taking Pilocarpine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Pilocarpine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 34
Usually 10
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 36
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 2
< $25 20
Not specified 22

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pilocarpine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cevimeline (Evoxac) 1

Patients stopped taking Pilocarpine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cevimeline (Evoxac) 6
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1
Last updated:

3 patient evaluations for Pilocarpine

Sep 1, 2013 (Started Jun 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for dry mouth)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Does not seem to affect the condition it was prescribed for much, if any. Originally told to use a cheaper medication than the one the doctor originally prescribed. Doctor tried this medication and it is ineffective.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 21, 2013 (Started Jan 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 21, 2007 (Started Jun 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (heart palpitations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 3 patient evaluations for Pilocarpine