Pilocarpine treats dry mouth for those with certain conditions or those receiving radiation of the head or neck. Also treats glaucoma. May cause you to sweat.

Pilocarpine Overview

Reviewed: October 4, 2013

Pilocarpine is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of dry mouth for those with certain conditions. Pilocarpine also treats glaucoma and high pressure in the eyes. 

Pilocarpine belongs to a group of medications called cholinergic agonists. These work by increasing the amount of saliva in the mouth.

This medication comes in tablet form and is taken 2 to 4 times a day, with or without food.

Pilocarpine also comes in a solution and is usually administered in the eye up to four times a day. 

Common side effects of pilocarpine include sweating, nausea, dizziness, and visual disturbances. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how pilocarpine affects you.

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Pilocarpine Brand Names

Pilocarpine Drug Class

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