What is cevimeline?
Cevimeline increases the secretions of the saliva and sweat glands in the body.
Cevimeline is used to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's Syndrome.
Cevimeline may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about cevimeline?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to cevimeline, or if you have untreated or uncontrolled asthma, glaucoma, or an eye condition called iritis or uveitis.
Before taking cevimeline, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, angina (chest pain), or a history of heart attack, high blood pressure (hypertension), asthma or other breathing disorder, or a history of kidney or gall stones.
Cevimeline can cause side effects that may impair your vision, especially at night. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Cevimeline may cause excessive sweating and you may get dehydrated more easily while taking this medication. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking cevimeline?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to cevimeline, or if you have:
Before taking cevimeline, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, angina (chest pain), or a history of heart attack;
high blood pressure (hypertension);
asthma, chronic bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); or
a history of kidney stones or gallstones.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take cevimeline.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether cevimeline passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.