pilocarpine, Salagen

Shocking Diseases of the Mouth

SIDE EFFECTS: Excessive sweating (diaphoresis) is a frequent side effect of pilocarpine. Other side effects include:

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 5 and 7.5 mg.

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).

DOSING: Oral pilocarpine usually is taken three or four times daily. The recommended dose for radiation induced xerostomia is 5 to 10 mg three times daily.

The dose for xerostomia associated with Sjögren's syndrome is 5 mg four times daily. The maximum effect occurs in approximately one hour but may occur later if it is taken with food. The effects last three to five hours.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2015

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