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Salagen is a medicine used to treat symptoms of dry mouth caused by radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. It is also used to treat symptoms of dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome.
How does this medication work?
Salagen works by increasing the amount of saliva in the mouth, thereby improving your condition.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By increasing the amount of saliva in the mouth, Salagen may help improve your symptoms.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Salagen exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you start taking Salagen. This is a good indicator that you medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: sweating, chills, flushing (warm, hot, burning feeling to your face), urinating more often than usual, dizziness, lack of strength.
Less common side effects may include:
Salagen may cause visual disturbances.
Do not take Salagen if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Salagen if you have uncontrolled asthma or certain eye problems (such as increased pressure in the eye).
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Salagen. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or liver problems, asthma or other breathing problems, gallstones or kidney stones, mental or psychiatric disturbances, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 5 milligrams (mg) three times a day. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
Sjogren's Syndrome Patients
Adults: The recommended dose is 5 mg four times a day.
If you have liver impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Take Salagen exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Salagen without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If you sweat excessively while taking Salagen and cannot drink enough liquid, notify your healthcare provider.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other activities in reduced lighting until you know how Salagen affects you.
If Salagen is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Salagen with the following: atropine, blood pressure/heart medicines known as beta-blockers (such as metoprolol or atenolol), or ipratropium.
The effects of Salagen during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Salagen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Salagen, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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