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Meds May Be the Culprit With Dry Mouth

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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Dry mouth may be more than a symptom of dehydration or a sign of chronically high blood glucose levels. It could be a side effect of your medications. Researchers analyzed 52 studies of people age 60 and older, an age group that typically takes several different medications. The types of drugs most commonly associated with dry mouth were those used to treat urinary incontinence (lack of bladder control), depression, and certain other psychiatric disorders. Be sure to tell your doctor if dry mouth is bothering you. Some over-the-counter products, such as mouthwashes, rinses, or sprays, can help. So can sipping water frequently and avoiding tobacco.
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, published online Oct. 27, 2017

 

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