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Pilocarpine Nitrate

Pilocarpine Nitrate

Minims pilocarpine are single-use preservative-free eye drops that contain the active ingredient pilocarpine. This is a type of medicine known as a miotic, which means it constricts the pupil. It is used to lower the pressure inside the eyeball.

How does it work?

Minims pilocarpine are single-use preservative-free eye drops that contain the active ingredient pilocarpine. This is a type of medicine known as a miotic, which means it constricts the pupil. It is used to lower the pressure inside the eyeball.

The pressure within the eyeball is naturally maintained by a continuous flow of liquid called aqueous humour through the eyeball. Aqueous humour is produced by a part of the eye called the ciliary body. It drains out of the eyeball through channels called the trabecular meshwork.

If the outflow of aqueous humour is blocked, as in glaucoma, the aqueous humour builds up inside the eye, increasing the pressure within the eyeball. This pressure needs to be reduced, as otherwise it can damage the optic nerve and impair vision.

Pilocarpine reduces pressure in the eyeball by acting on receptors in the circular muscle of the iris (the coloured part of the eye) to reduce the size of the pupil. When the pupil constricts, the iris is pulled away from the drainage channels of the eye (trabecular meshwork). This improves the drainage of the fluid out of the eyeball.

What is it used for?

  • Glaucoma. Pilocarpine is mainly used in the emergency treatment of closed angle glaucoma.
  • Reversing the effects of eye drops that dilate the pupil.

Warning

  • You should not wear soft contact lenses while using these eye drops.
  • Each minim is sterile and for single use only. It should contain enough solution to treat both eyes if required. If there is any solution left in the minim after use it should be discarded and not kept for future use, as it is likely to become contaminated with dirt or germs.
  • As with all eye drops, your vision may be blurred after putting the drops in. Wait until your vision is clear before driving or using machines. These eye drops also cause your pupil to get smaller and as a result they may affect your ability to see at night or in poor lighting conditions. You should not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you and you are sure it won't affect your performance.
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