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Pilopine HS Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Pilopine HS (pilocarpine hydrochloride) Ophthalmic Gel 4% is used to treat glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high pressure inside the eye). It is a cholinergic agent that works by decreasing the amount of fluid within the eye. Common side effects include temporary irritation/burning/stinging of the eye, temporary blurred vision, poor vision in dim light, headache, or brow ache.
The recommended dose of Pilopine HS is to apply a one-half inch ribbon in the lower conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) once a day at bedtime. Other drugs may interact with Pilopine HS. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Pilopine HS should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Pilopine HS (pilocarpine hydrochloride) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Pilopine HS in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Stop using pilocarpine and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe stinging, burning, swelling, or redness of your eye;
- vision changes;
- eye pain or increased watering; or
- crusting or drainage around your eye.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild burning, stinging, or discomfort of your eyes;
- blurred vision; or
- trouble seeing in dark light.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Pilopine HS (Pilocarpine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Gel)
What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Pilopine HS Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Crusting of the gel on the eyelids or eyelashes may occur overnight, causing them to stick together. If this occurs, wash them with water.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: eye pain, flushing, diarrhea, nausea, stomach/abdominal pain or cramps, increased saliva, unusual sweating, vision changes.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Pilopine HS (Pilocarpine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Gel)
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Pilopine HS FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The following adverse experiences associated with pilocarpine therapy have been reported: lacrimation, burning or discomfort, temporal or periorbital headache, ciliary spasm, conjunctival vascular congestion, superficial keratitis and induced myopia. Systemic reactions following topical administration are extremely rare, but occasional patients are peculiarly sensitive to develop sweating and gastrointestinal overactivity following suggested dosage and administration. Ocular reactions usually occur during initiation of therapy and often will not persist with continued therapy. Reduced visual acuity in poor illumination is frequently experienced in older individuals and in those with lens opacity. A subtle corneal granularity was observed in about 10% of patients treated with PILOPINE HS® (pilocarpine hydrochloride ophthalmic gel) . Cases of retinal detachment have been reported during treatment with miotic agents; especially in young myopic patients. Lens opacity may occur with prolonged use of pilocarpine.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Pilopine HS (Pilocarpine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Gel)
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