Compare timolol vs. pilocarpine

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

Timoptic
(Timolol)

Salagen
(Pilocarpine)

Coming soon.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
timololpilocarpine

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

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

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

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.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
Upsides and benefits
timololpilocarpine
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  • pilocarpine is often used with other drugs to control eye pressure.
Downsides and risks
timololpilocarpine
Coming soon.
  • 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
timololpilocarpine
Coming soon.
  • 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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More about timololSide effectsFDA package insert
Have you used Timoptic (Timolol)?
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Have you used Salagen (Pilocarpine)?
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