Salagen (Oral)

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I have asked about Salagen in several different drug stores and was told that Salagen is not available anymore.  Is this an over the counter medicine or is it strictly prescribed by a doctor, would someone help me out here.  I was diagnosed ...
by Lynn Smith in Texas USA, 09/06/2008

Salagen (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Salagen (Oral)

Salagen (Oral) Medication Classification


Salagen (Oral) Brandname


Salagen (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Pilocarpine (pye-loe-KAR-peen) Treats dry mouth caused by radiation cancer treatment or a condition called Sjogren's syndrome.

When To Not Use Salagen (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pilocarpine, or if you have eye problems such as iritis or glaucoma, or asthma that is not well-controlled.

How Should You Use Salagen (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Salagen (Oral) Storage

Store Salagen (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Salagen (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Salagen (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using atropine, dicyclomine (Bentyl®), glycopyrrolate (Robinul®), or scopolamine (Transderm Scop®), or asthma medicine (such as albuterol, Atrovent®, Combivent®, Serevent®, Singulair®).

Salagen (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a gall bladder disorder, heart disease, kidney disease, or lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD).
  • This medicine may cause you to become dehydrated more easily than normal. Drink plenty of fluids while you are using the medicine, especially if you exercise or sweat more than usual.

Salagen (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Confusion, shaking, changes in mood or behavior
  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • Increase in how much or how often you urinate
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Blurred vision, poor night vision
  • Headache, dizziness, tiredness
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Watery eyes or mouth, runny nose

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