Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP)
What is Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP) used for?
Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP) is an ophthalmic medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from glaucoma or ocular hypertension. It operates by lowering the amount of fluid within the eye to reduce pain, loss of vision, or to prevent possible damage to the optic nerve. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP)?
Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one drop administered once daily, but your particular directions will be determined by your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Wash your hands with soap and water before each use to remove any dirt or contaminants. Gently shake the bottle to mix its contents and observe the solution to make sure it is not cloudy or discolored. To administer the dose gently tilt your head back, pull down the lower lid of the eye being treated, hold the bottle over your eye, and dispense one drop. Slowly close the eyelid to spread the medication and keep it closed for fifteen seconds allowing it to be absorbed. You may be instructed to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye with one finger to prevent the drop from draining into the tear duct. Never allow the tip of the bottle to touch any foreign surfaces, including the eye itself, as this may lead to contamination. Wash your hands after each use to prevent the solution from contacting areas not being treated or other mucous membranes. Always ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP)?
Some patients using Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP) have reported experiencing side effects including:
More serious side effects that may occur during treatment include severe vision changes, watering eyes, intense pain, burning, or irritation of the eye, crusting, or discharge from the eye. Immediately inform your physician about any symptoms you experience that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct changes are made to your dosage to prevent further problems.
Always remove your contact lenses before applying Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP) to prevent unexpected problems that may occur. Do not begin using the medication if you have acute iritis or are allergic to pilocarpine. Also inform your physician if you have epilepsy, asthma, Parkinson's disease, hypertension, hypotension, an enlarged prostate gland, hyperthyroidism, a peptic ulcer, heart disease, or if you have a scratch on the cornea. These conditions may require reduced dosages or other alterations to your regimen to prevent potential problems from appearing.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Pilocar 2% Eye Drops (Pilocarpine Nitrate IP). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.