What is Pilocarpine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Salagen

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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 72 36
Dry mouth 14 15
Dry eyes 2 1
Decreased saliva 1 1
Excessive dry mouth 1 1

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  • 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 7
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pilocarpine

Side effect Patients
Sweating 5
Sweating increased 3
Excessive sweating 2
Nausea 2
Blurry vision 1
Excess saliva 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pilocarpine

Dosage Patients
5 mg three times daily 7
5 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 2
5 mg weekly 1
10 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
5 mg four times daily 1
22.5 mg daily 1
5 mg five times daily 1

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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 9
Other 4
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 35 patients who've stopped taking Pilocarpine

Duration

Currently taking Pilocarpine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Pilocarpine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 33
Usually 9
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 34
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 2
< $25 18
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) 5
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1
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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
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