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Glaucoma can be scary for your pet. The pain and pressure caused by the condition is hard to ignore. Ask your veterinarian about Pilocarpine. It's a miotic agent used in the treatment of canine primary glaucoma and can help relieve the pressure in your dog's eyes by allowing fluid to drain more easily. And it can be used before or after surgery.
The medication is not recommended in treating secondary glaucoma in dogs. Pilocarpine is for topical use only and should not be given orally. Before applying eye drops make sure that hands are washed thoroughly. Use the eye dropper with caution; the dropper tip should not come in contact with eyes or surface of the skin to avoid contaminating the medicine. Animals might develop initial irritation when the medication is administered; though, in very rare instances only can these turn severe.
Though the medicine is not approved for treatment in animals, pilocarpine is a widely prescribed drug by veterinarians for use in dogs. The suggested dosage of medication would be one drop of pilocarpine 1% eye drops in the infected eye/s, thrice a day.
Side Effects & Warnings
Pilocarpine can cause local irritation when first used. Pilocarpine may cause systemic effects including vomiting, diarrhea and increased salivation.
Pilocarpine should not be used in secondary glaucoma. Wash hands before administering eye drops. Do not touch the dropper tip to the skin or eye.
Pilocarpine 1% is a miotic agent in veterinary medication indicated for the treatment of primary glaucoma in dogs. The medication is also found effective in the management of intraocular pressure related complications in animals. The drug has shown proven results in the clinical tests conducted in labs. The active ingredient present in the medication is pilocarpine, which is a cholinergic alkaloid that helps in decreasing the pressure mounting inside the eye ball. The drug can be obtained only by prescription from a licensed veterinarian, and is available as suspension eye drops.
Pilocarpine Hydrochloride 20 mg
Benzalkonium Chloride 0.01%
Monobasic Sodium Phosphate, Hypromellose, Edetate Disodium, Dibasic Sodium Phosphate, Purified Water. Sodium Hydroxide and/or Hydrochloric Acid may be added to adjust pH
Use as directed by your veterinarian.
The usual dose used to treat primary glaucoma in dogs is 1 drop in the effected eye(s) 3 times a day. Do not use the eye drop if it is discolored or has particles in it.
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