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How can I avoid dry mouth while taking medication for bipolar disorder?

Ruth White, MPH
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Dry mouth usually results from low fluid intake combined with the frequent urination that accompanies psychotropic medications for bipolar disorder such as lithium. The solution is to drink a lot of fluids. Drinking a minimum of eight ounces of fluids every hour that you're awake is essential for beating this very common symptom, which results from the diuretic properties of many psychotropic medications. You may even find that you need more than eight ounces to keep dry mouth at bay. Find your comfort zone and focus on drinking water. Avoid diuretics such as caffeine, which is commonly found in some sodas, coffee, and green or black teas. Some good options are a fifty-fifty juice-water combination (sparkling water gives you a refreshing spritzer), herbal teas, sparkling mineral water, or lightly flavored waters.
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