Salagen is used to treat symptoms of dry mouth from salivary gland hypofunction caused by radiotherapy treatment for cancer of the head and neck. Patients with Sjogrens syndrome may also benefit from using Salagen.
Important information about Salagen
This medicine should be administered with caution to patients taking beta adrenergic antagonists because of the possibility of conduction disturbances.
It may take 12 weeks for this medication to work. Salagen should not be used in children. Salagen may cause blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use with caution. Do not drive or perform other potentially unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Tell your doctor if you:
- have glaucoma or other eye problems;
- have heart disease;
- have gallbladder problems;
- have mental problems;
- have abnormally high blood pressure or blood vessel problems;
- have kidney disease;
- have liver disease;
- have asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema;
- are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breast-feeding.
How to take Salagen
Take Salagen by mouth with or without food. Drink extra fluids. Check with your doctor for instructions.
Salagen side effects
Most common: Anorexia, bilirubinemia, cholelithiasis, colitis, dry mouth, eructation, gastritis, gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal disorder, gingivitis, hepatitis, abnormal liver function tests, melena, nausea & vomiting, pancreatitis, parotid gland enlargement, salivary gland enlargement, sputum increased, taste loss, tongue disorder, tooth disorder, alopecia, contact dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, erythema nodosum, exfoliative dermatitis, herpes simplex, skin ulcer, vesiculobullous rash, cataract, conjunctivitis, dry eyes, ear disorder, ear pain, eye disorder, eye hemorrhage, glaucoma, lacrimation disorder, retinal disorder, taste perversion, abnormal vision, breast pain, dysuria, mastitis, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, ovarian disorder, pyuria, salpingitis, urethral pain, urinary urgency, vaginal hemorrhage, vaginal moniliasis.
Most severe: Body as a whole: chest pain, cyst, death, moniliasis, neck pain, neck rigidity, photosensitivity reaction, angina pectoris, arrhythmia, ECG abnormality, hypotension, hypertension, intracranial hemorrhage, migraine, myocardial infarction.
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