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Can medications cause dry mouth?

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Some drugs can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, causing an uncomfortably dry mouth (xerostomia). The tissues in your mouth can become irritated and inflamed, raising the chances for infection, tooth decay, and gum disease.

More than 400 medications are known to cause dry mouth. Dry mouth is also a side effect of certain chemotherapy medicines.

From: Oral Side Effects of Medications WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure." 

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems."

American Academy of Periodontology: "How to Keep a Healthy Smile for Life."

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems." 

Academy Of General Dentistry: "Treatments For Depression Have Dental Side Effects."

Journal of the American Dental Association , June 2005.

Rees, T.D. 2000, October1998. Periodontology

Heidelbaugh, J. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Clinical Men's Health: Evidence in Practice

Duthie, E.H. , 4th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Practice of Geriatrics

Walsh, D. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Saunders, 2008. Palliative Medicine

MedlinePlus: "Mouth sores."

Ciancio, S. , vol 135. Journal of the American Dental Association

Nelson, R. . August 2006. Archives of Dermatology

American Pregnancy Association: "Acne treatment during pregnancy."

MedlinePlus: "Tetracycline."

National Institutes of Health: "Taste Disorders."

Padala, K.P. 2006. Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure." 

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems."

American Academy of Periodontology: "How to Keep a Healthy Smile for Life."

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems." 

Academy Of General Dentistry: "Treatments For Depression Have Dental Side Effects."

Journal of the American Dental Association , June 2005.

Rees, T.D. 2000, October1998. Periodontology

Heidelbaugh, J. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Clinical Men's Health: Evidence in Practice

Duthie, E.H. , 4th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Practice of Geriatrics

Walsh, D. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Saunders, 2008. Palliative Medicine

MedlinePlus: "Mouth sores."

Ciancio, S. , vol 135. Journal of the American Dental Association

Nelson, R. . August 2006. Archives of Dermatology

American Pregnancy Association: "Acne treatment during pregnancy."

MedlinePlus: "Tetracycline."

National Institutes of Health: "Taste Disorders."

Padala, K.P. 2006. Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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