Can Medication Cause Dry Mouth?

While medication is one of the major contributors for dry mouth, other causes such as health complications like diabetes, depression, ageing, and therapeutic irradiations are all possible causes.  Dentists have linked the severity of one’s dry mouth condition to the individual having two or more of the aforementioned conditions. Treatment is much more effective when started early, especially when it is started before the condition reaches advanced levels. So, Can Medication Cause Dry Mouth? The answer is YES.  Prescription medications can have a number of side effects on the user.  The most common of these is the dry mouth condition. Also known as Xerostomia, the condition develops when the salivary glands do not function normally.  This results in inadequate saliva secretion, which causes the mouth to become dry and prone to other complications. Medications cause ant cholinergic effects on the body. The mouth has three sets of salivary glands, of which medication causes deactivation of at least two of them, causing a significant decrease in production. For this reason, a person’s medication history is an important matter to discuss during any dental treatments.  This will give the dentist a good basis on how to advise the patient. What are some types of medication that can cause Dry Mouth? Most drugs that are prescribed for treatment of bipolar conditions are serious causes of dry mouth condition. Most notorious are certain antidepressants, medications for mood stabilization, and drugs for antipsychotic treatment. Anorexiant drugs that are used to decrease obesity are also a common cause. Dentists may advise patients, in advanced cases of dry mouth condition, to withdraw from sedatives or other relaxants, as they can cause dry mouth too. What are examples of the drugs that can be linked to Dry Mouth condition? Taking the following medications may subject the user to dry mouth condition: Accure, Baclo, Bancap, A.R.M caplet, Aspas, Acimax, Baclohexal, Beclodisk, Baclofen, Baribodonna, Acrivatine, Binophen, Capozide, Margesic, Edronax, Imovane, Effexor, Calm X, Endocron, Calcium lactate, Endonax and Capotena Dr. Peter Hazim is an experienced dentist who can help you with dry mouth syndrome. Please contact us at (972) 727-5599.   We are located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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