Compare Betagan vs. pilocarpine

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Betagan
(Levobunolol)

Salagen
(Pilocarpine)

lowers eye pressure An effective control of high pressure within the eye when used alone or with other eye medications. Lowering eye pressure back to normal can prevent the onset of glaucoma.lowers eye pressure A very effective first line treatment for increased eye pressure. Lowering eye pressure back to normal may prevent the onset of glaucoma.
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Side effects
Betaganpilocarpine

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How it works
Betaganpilocarpine
Betagan reduces the pressure inside the eye, which is a cause of glaucoma, and can lead to blindness if not corrected.pilocarpine increases the flow of fluids out of the inner eye.
Type of medication
Betaganpilocarpine
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Available as
Betaganpilocarpine
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Used for (click to learn more)
Betaganpilocarpine
  • Raised intraocular pressure
  • Head and neck cancer - Radiation-induced xerostomia Raised intraocular pressure Sjögren's syndrome - Xerostomia
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Pregnancy category
Betaganpilocarpine
Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
Betaganpilocarpine
  • Betagan may be used with other eye drops to control high pressure within the eye.
  • If caught in time the reduction of pressure in the eye can prevent the onset of glaucoma.
  • pilocarpine is often used with other drugs to control eye pressure.
Downsides and risks
Betaganpilocarpine
  • Betagan may cause blurred vision, short term.
  • It is generally not used if you have asthma, COPD or other lung conditions.
  • It is generally not used if you have a slow heart rate or other heart conditions.
  • There are more side effects than many other eye medications.
  • pilocarpine causes the pupil of the eye to become smaller, and may cause dim vision, especially at night, therefore driving at night may be impaired.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Betaganpilocarpine
  • Wash hands before putting drops in eyes.
  • Do not touch the dropper tip to your eye or hands.
  • If you wear contacts remove them and wait 15 minutes, after putting the drop in eye, to replace them.
  • After instilling drops in the eye, press one finger to the inner corner of eye, by the nose, and press lightly for 1 minute.
  • Wash hands before putting drops in eyes.
  • Do not touch the dropper tip to your eye or hands.
  • If you wear contacts remove them and wait 15 minutes, after putting the drop in eye, to replace them.
  • After instilling drops in the eye, press one finger to the inner corner of eye, by the nose, and press lightly for 1 minute.
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