Medications and dry mouth

Mouth and GumXerostomia, also known as “Dry Mouth” affects up to 30% of people over age 65. 

If you have dry mouth, it may be caused by many common medications. There are hundreds of which dry mouth is a side effect.


Some of the medications (including over the counter) include:

  • Painkillers
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Parkinson’s Disease drugs
  • Antihistamines
  • Antihypertensives
  • Diuretics
  • Antidepressants

When people have dry mouth, they produce less saliva.  Saliva is a great natural defense against dental decay, so increasing saliva flow is important at this point.  Chewing sugarfree gum and drinking more water are popular options, in addition to suggestions by your physician and dentist. If you have dry mouth, please discuss this with your oral health provider.

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