Salagen Alternatives

(Pilocarpine)

  • Eye drops
  • Head and neck cancer - Radiation-induced xerostomia Raised intraocular pressure Sjögren's syndrome - Xerostomia
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These medications are comparable to Salagen (Pilocarpine) or used for similar purposes.

Salagen
(Pilocarpine)

Xalatan
(Latanoprost)

Betagan
(Levobunolol)

Cosopt
(Dorzolamide / Timolol)

Travatan
(Travoprost)

Timoptic
(Timolol)

Timoptic
(Timolol)

Travatan
(Travoprost)

Miostat
(Carbachol)

Trusopt
(Dorzolamide)

Iopidine
(Apraclonidine)

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.Lowers eye pressure. Xalatan (Latanoprost) lowers high pressure in the eye well and helps prevent glaucoma.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 An effective two medicine combination that is used when one medication is not effective, and you are looking for ease of using both medications in one drop. Lowering eye pressure can prevent the onset of glaucoma.Controls glaucoma. An effective controller of high pressure in the eye. Lowering eye pressure back to normal can prevent the onset of glaucoma.Coming soon.Coming soon.Controls glaucoma. An effective controller of high pressure in the eye. 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.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 glaucoma.Lowers eye pressure .Iopidine is used before and after laser surgery to prevent increased eye pressure due to the surgery.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Betagan side effects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How it works
pilocarpineXalatanBetagandorzolamide timololTravatantimololtimololTravatancarbacholTrusoptIopidine
pilocarpine increases the flow of fluids out of the inner eye.Xalatan (Latanoprost) reduces high pressure inside the eye. If not treated, the pressure can cause glaucoma and eventual blindness.Betagan reduces the pressure inside the eye, which is a cause of glaucoma, and can lead to blindness if not corrected.[name_common decreases the production of fluids within the eye, and increases the flow of fluids out of the eye.Travatan (Travoprost) reduces pressure inside the eye, which is a cause of glaucoma, and can lead to blindness if not corrected.Coming soon.Coming soon.Travatan (Travoprost) reduces pressure inside the eye, which is a cause of glaucoma, and can lead to blindness if not corrected.carbachol increases the flow of fluids out of the inner eye.Decreases the production of fluids within the eyeIopidine reduces the fluid production within the eye, and increases the flow of fluids out of the eye.
Type of medication
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Anti-glaucoma
Prostaglandin agonist
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Available as
pilocarpineXalatanBetagandorzolamide timololTravatantimololtimololTravatancarbacholTrusoptIopidine
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  • Pill
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  • Extended release
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  • Extended release
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Used for (click to learn more)
pilocarpineXalatanBetagandorzolamide timololTravatantimololtimololTravatancarbacholTrusoptIopidine
  • Head and neck cancer - Radiation-induced xerostomia Raised intraocular pressure Sjögren's syndrome - Xerostomia
  • Raised intraocular pressure
  • Ocular hypertension
  • Ocular hypertension
  • Hypertension Migraine; Prophylaxis Ocular hypertension Open-angle glaucoma Postmyocardial infarction syndrome; Prophylaxis
  • Hypertension Migraine; Prophylaxis Ocular hypertension Open-angle glaucoma Postmyocardial infarction syndrome; Prophylaxis
  • Ocular hypertension
  • Glaucoma Miosis induction - Surgical procedure Ocular hypertension
  • Raised intraocular pressure
  • Laser surgery - Ocular hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Pregnancy category
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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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Upsides and benefits
pilocarpineXalatanBetagandorzolamide timololTravatantimololtimololTravatancarbacholTrusoptIopidine
  • pilocarpine is often used with other drugs to control eye pressure.
  • It's easy to use and you only need to give yourself one drop each day in the evening.
  • Can be used along with other eye drops, if needed for better results.
  • Xalatan (Latanoprost) is available generically.
  • Xalatan (Latanoprost) can increase the length, thickness, and number of your eyelashes.
  • 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.
  • Easier to use with two medications in one drop.
  • May add another medication when needed..
  • May be more effective than using only one medication.
  • Easy to use, with one drop daily in the evening.
  • Can use with other eye drops, if needed for better results.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
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  • Easy to use, with one drop daily in the evening.
  • Can use with other eye drops, if needed for better results.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Works the same as Pilocarpine but is somewhat stronger.
  • Can be used with other medications in the eye.
  • May be used with other eye drops to control high pressure with the eye
  • Iopidine helps to get better results from laser surgery.
Downsides and risks
pilocarpineXalatanBetagandorzolamide timololTravatantimololtimololTravatancarbacholTrusoptIopidine
  • 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.
  • Xalatan (Latanoprost) can turn the colored part of your eye and your eyelashes brown.
  • 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.
  • May cause carbonated beverages to taste metallic.
  • Not used in children under 2 years of age.
  • dorzolamide/timolol is not used if you have lung disease or heart conditions relating to a low heart rate or low blood pressure.
  • May cause blurred vision.
  • You must wait 5 minutes before using another eye drop.
  • Can cause your eye and eyelashes to appear more brown, regardless of their original color.
  • Can increase the length, thickness and number of eyelashes.
  • For long term use you may need Travatan-z, which is not available as a generic, so it can be expensive.
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  • Can cause your eye and eyelashes to appear more brown, regardless of their original color.
  • Can increase the length, thickness and number of eyelashes.
  • For long term use you may need Travatan-z, which is not available as a generic, so it can be expensive.
  • carbachol causes the pupil of the eye to become smaller, and may cause dim vision, especially at night, therefore driving at night may be impaired.
  • dorzolamide may cause carbonated beverages to taste metallic.
  • remove contact lense, and leave out for 15 minutes after using the the eyedrop.
  • dorzolamide is not used in children under 2 years of age.
  • You must wait 5 minutes before using another eye drop.
  • May cause changes in your heart rate, slower or pounding.
  • may cause shortness of breath.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • 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.
  • If you wear contacts, remove them and wait 15 minutes after putting the drop in your eye, to put your contacts back in.
  • After putting drops in the eye, press one finger to the inner corner of eye, by the nose, and press lightly for 1 minute.
  • If using this with another eyedrop medication, wait five minutes between using them.
  • Wash your hands before putting drops in your eyes.
  • Don't touch the dropper tip to your eye or with your hands.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands before putting drops in your eyes.
  • Don’t touch the dropper tip to your eye or hands.
  • If you wear contacts, take them out first and wait 15 minutes after you use the dropper before you replace them.
  • After putting the drop in your eye, press one finger to the inner corner and press lightly for 1 minute.
  • If you use another eye drop, wait 5 minutes between drops.
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  • Wash your hands before putting drops in your eyes.
  • Don’t touch the dropper tip to your eye or hands.
  • If you wear contacts, take them out first and wait 15 minutes after you use the dropper before you replace them.
  • After putting the drop in your eye, press one finger to the inner corner and press lightly for 1 minute.
  • If you use another eye drop, wait 5 minutes between drops.
  • 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.
  • Iopidine is usually given prior to, and right after laser surgery.
  • May also be used in conjunction with another eye drop for better control of eye pressure
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