Compare Pilocarpine vs. Timolol

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Salagen
(Pilocarpine)

Timoptic
(Timolol)

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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
PilocarpineTimolol

We haven’t found good data for Pilocarpine side effects.

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How it works
PilocarpineTimolol
pilocarpine increases the flow of fluids out of the inner eye.Coming soon.
Type of medication
PilocarpineTimolol
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Available as
PilocarpineTimolol
  • Eye drops
  • Pill
  • Eye drops
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
PilocarpineTimolol
  • Head and neck cancer - Radiation-induced xerostomia Raised intraocular pressure Sjögren's syndrome - Xerostomia
  • Hypertension Migraine; Prophylaxis Ocular hypertension Open-angle glaucoma Postmyocardial infarction syndrome; Prophylaxis
Risk factors for serious side effects
PilocarpineTimolol
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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Upsides and benefits
PilocarpineTimolol
  • pilocarpine is often used with other drugs to control eye pressure.
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Downsides and risks
PilocarpineTimolol
  • 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.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
PilocarpineTimolol
  • 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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Have you used Salagen (Pilocarpine)?
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Have you used Timoptic (Timolol)?
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