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How can certain medications lead to dry mouth?

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Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs, including drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, and colds (antihistamines and decongestants), obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension (diuretics), diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders, urinary incontinence, asthma (certain bronchodilators), and Parkinson's disease. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of muscle relaxants and sedatives.

From: Dental Health and Dry Mouth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Dry Mouth? Don't delay Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Dry Mouth Sufferers."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

FDA: "Dry Mouth? Don't delay Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Dry Mouth Sufferers."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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