Salagen (Pilocarpine) Customer Reviews


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Pilocarpine is employed to alleviate dry mouth resulting from radiation therapy in individuals with head and neck cancer. It is also used to manage dry mouth in individuals with Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition impacting the immune system that leads to dryness in specific areas of the body, including the eyes and mouth. Pilocarpine belongs to a category of drugs known as cholinergic agonists, functioning by enhancing the production of saliva in the mouth.

Uses and Dosage

Pilocarpine is available in tablet form for oral consumption. When pilocarpine is used to alleviate dry mouth in individuals undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, it is typically taken three times a day. For those with Sjogren’s syndrome seeking relief from dry mouth, it is generally taken four times daily. To maintain consistent effectiveness, take pilocarpine at approximately the same times every day.

Follow your doctor’s directives precisely; do not exceed or decrease your dosage, nor should you take it more frequently than prescribed.

Your doctor may initiate your treatment with an initial pilocarpine dose, which may be adjusted based on how well your symptoms are managed and any side effects you encounter. Make sure to communicate your well-being and any changes in how you feel during your pilocarpine treatment to your doctor.

Pilocarpine effectively controls your symptoms but does not offer a cure for your condition. Even if you start to feel better, continue taking pilocarpine. Do not discontinue pilocarpine without consulting your doctor.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • sweating
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • diarrhea
  • chills
  • flushing
  • frequent urination
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • heartburn
  • stomach pain
  • swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • changes in vision
  • fast or slow heartbeat


Prior to taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist of any known allergies you may have, whether related to this medication or other substances. This product may contain inactive components that could potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication, particularly if you have a history of respiratory issues, specific eye conditions, heart conditions, low or high blood pressure, liver problems, gallbladder disease (such as gallstones), kidney stones, mental or mood disorders, or stomach problems.

This medication may induce dizziness or cause vision issues, especially during nighttime. The consumption of alcohol or marijuana can exacerbate dizziness. Refrain from activities that require alertness or clear vision, especially at night, until you can do them safely.

If pilocarpine causes excessive sweating, ensure you stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. If you have difficulty consuming enough fluids, promptly consult your doctor.

Elderly individuals may be more susceptible to certain side effects of this medication, particularly dizziness, diarrhea, and an increased urge to urinate.

During pregnancy, use this medication only when it is unequivocally necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unclear whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Salagen is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Salagen tablet:

    • 5mg
  • pilocarpine tablet:

    • 5mg
    • 7.5mg


How long does it take for Salagen to work?

It takes a few weeks to work.

Can you use Salagen long term?

Salagen is often used long term, since there isn’t a good way to reverse dry mouth (xerostomia) caused by radiation therapy or Sjogren’s syndrome.



Additional information

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5mg, 7.5mg

Quantities Available:

100, 200

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