My Salagen Experience: Too Much Saliva vs. Not enough

Posted by Linda Shafto-Van Rossen on 10/8/2012 to Xerostomia, Dry Mouth
drooling babyAs a patient with Lupus and Sjogren's syndrome, I am always looking for a relief to some of the symptoms.  I recently went for my routine 6 moth check up with my rheumatologist.

Dry Mouth is a major issue for me, so when visiting my doctor I mentioned it to him, and he gave me a prescription for Salagen (pilocarpine) 5 mg. Normal dosing is one 10 mg. pill 3 times-a-day.

That night after dinner I took my medications as I normally do, including the Salagen. As I continued to do my chores and clean up the kitchen I felt myself beginning to perspire. Within about 15 minutes my clothes were soaking wet from perspiration, and I could feel little streams of sweat running down my body.  I also had a full mouth of saliva, which was my goal, but I could do without the sweating.  I could not imagine taking it 3 times-a-day.

So it is back to lozenges and oral sprays for me.  My lesson learned, I will make sure to read the side-effects online before taking the plunge with a new medication.

Find more information on Salagen (pilocarpine) side effects, here at Medicinenet.com.
Find more dry mouth solutions with CranioRehab here.

What has your experience been with Salagen?  Like it, or hate it?  Comment to let us know.

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