What is Pilocarpine Ophthalmic Solution for Dogs?
- Pilocarpine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution is a prescription medication used to treat two conditions that cause the eyes to lose hydration: primary glaucoma and dry eye.
- These sterile drops make the pupils of the eye constrict and also improve the fluid drainage from the eye to reduce pressure.
Why do dogs use Pilocarpine?
- Veterinarians prescribe Pilocarpine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution as an effective remedy for dogs with primary glaucoma or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)—also called “dry eye.”
- Neurogenic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a disorder of the tear glands that causes insufficient tear production.
- Dogs can have dry eye because of disease of the immune system or an injury.
- Some breeds are also prone to dry eye, including Cocker Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, and Bulldogs.
What else should I know about Pilocarpine?
- Prescribed to treat primary glaucoma.
- Treats keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) or “dry eye”.
- Dropper top bottle for convenient application.
- There are approximately 20 drops per milliliter in the solution.
- Store at room temperature, away from moisture and sunlight.
What problems could my dog have with Pilocarpine?
- Do not use the Pilocarpine if it changes color, becomes cloudy, or you see particles in the solution.
- Side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, increased salivation, increased urination, and coughing. Contact your veterinarian if these are persistant or worsening.
How do you use Pilocarpine?
- Use proper administration techniques to avoid contamination of the Pilocarpine. Keep the cap on the bottle when not in use.
- Wait 5 minutes after placing the Pilocarpine in the eye before administering any other eye medications.
What is in Pilocarpine?
- The drug Pilocarpine is cholinergic agonist.
- It stimulates the nerves to increase tear production.
Will I get what I see in the picture?
- Pilocarpine is sold as an FDA approved generic drug. Brand may vary from order to order and variation to variation. We are unable to guarantee which brand will be available at the time of order shipment.
Is it important for my dog to finish all of the Pilocarpine?
- Dogs may use Pilocarpine for different lengths of time. Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions.
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Q & A
I know this is probably a dumb question I have to ask because you never no..can these be harmful to the human eye???
Pilocarpine Ophthalmic Solution is available by prescription from a doctor to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision in humans. Similar to other prescription drugs, pilocarpine has reports of common side effects not limited headache, eye discomfort or blurred vision and more serious but uncommon side effects of difficulty breathing, sweating, muscle tremors and more. Certain eye drops like pilocarpine are available for humans have been proven to be safe for dogs but should NOT be shared. To avoid confusion, we recommend storing eye drops used in dogs away from human eye drops.Verified Answer
What other drops that are less expensive would work for my English bulldog ? Is there a generic??
Pilocarpine is the generic product of brand name Isopto Carpine and Pilocar. It can be used to treat primary glaucoma or dry-eye (neurogenic keratoconjunctivitis sicca) in dogs. Please consult with your veterinarian to determine alternative treatments for your English bulldog.Verified Answer
Would these drops need to continue for a lifetime??
This medication can be used to treat primary glaucoma or dry-eye (neurogenic keratoconjunctivitis sicca) in dogs. Please consult your veterinarian to determine the duration of these eye drops in your dog.Verified Answer
As per vet 7 y/o English bull dog taking pilocarpine 9 drops w/ food 2x a day he seems to have severe bouts of drooling is this a side effect to be concerned with.?
According to the package insert, this is a common sign of systemic toxicity. Please contact your veterinarian with additional questions or concerns.Verified Answer
In December my dog used these drops in her food because she did not let me put them in her eye. Her problem started again and today I put on drop in each eye and not her eyes are red and blood shot. I assume this is a reaction to the medication. What should I do??
This medication can be used to treat primary glaucoma or dry-eye (neurogenic keratoconjunctivitis sicca) in dogs. When used to treat glaucoma, the recommended dose is 1 drop into the affected eye 3 times daily. When used to treat dry eye, the recommended dose is 2 drops/20lbs of a 2% solution in food twice daily. Follow specific dosing directions from your veterinarian. This medication has a low pH and when it is administered to the eye, it can cause irritation. This medication is also used in humans and these symptoms usually resolve with about 3 days of continued use. Consult your vet to determine if you should continue giving these drops and if they should be instilled in her eye or added to her food. Thank you, VetRxDirectVerified Answer