Are over-the-counter medications available for dry mouth?

There are medications available to treat dry mouth but it's important to first seek treatment about what's causing your dry mouth. If you feel like your mouth is always dry, a dentist will check your teeth for signs of decay that can result from decreased salivary flow. A physician will test for any underlying disease or conditions that may be causing your dry mouth.  

As you cope with dry mouth, frequent small sips of water can help alleviate the dry feeling and sugar-free candy or gum can help stimulate saliva flow. You can also replace moisture using artificial saliva and oral rinses. There are also prescription medications available to treat dry mouth. Taking care of your teeth and gums and regular dental visits are important when living with dry mouth.
No over-the-counter medications are available for dry mouth (xerostomia). To help relieve the symptoms, try chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free hard candies. Sip water or sugar-free beverages often, but avoid drinks with caffeine, including coffee, tea, and some sodas and other drinks.

There are medications available for dry mouth. Specifically, medications with carboxymethyl cellulose or hydroxyethyl cellulose that help increase saliva production. Toothpastes containing fluoride and saliva-producing medications can be particularly helpful. However, talk to your doctor before taking a medication for dry mouth. If your dry mouth is caused by another medication you are taking, your doctor may be able to help.

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Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

If you've ever taken an antihistamine, decongestant, antidepressant or a number of other drugs, you may have experienced dry mouth (xerostomia). Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva or your saliva may feel thick and stringy. Si...

de effects of medication are the most common cause of dry mouth. Fortunately there are remedies for dry mouth; talk to your doctor if symptoms are severe. Learn more about preventing and treating dry mouth with expert advice from Sharecare.

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