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What can I do if I have too much saliva?

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Treatment for excessive saliva depends on what is causing the problem. It may include:

Your doctor will probably first recommend a prescription medicine to help reduce the amount of saliva you make. Such medicines include glycopyrrolate and scopolamine. Common side effects include problems urinating, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, and sleepiness.

If you have severe drooling, your doctor may suggest Botox injections into one or more salivary glands. This treatment is considered safe, but results only last a few months. You will need to have more Botox shots in the future.

  • Prescription medicine
  • Botox shots
  • Surgery

From: Saliva and Your Mouth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Artificial Saliva," "Saliva," "A Primer on Salivary Diagnostics."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Salivary Glands."

ALS Association: "Managing Excessive Saliva."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Artificial Saliva," "Saliva," "A Primer on Salivary Diagnostics."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Salivary Glands."

ALS Association: "Managing Excessive Saliva."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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