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What medications can cause too little saliva and dry mouth?

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Hundreds of commonly used medicines are known to affect saliva flow and cause dry mouth, such as:

Always ask your health-care provider about side effects you might have when taking a medication.

  • Antihistamines
  • Anxiety medicines
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Certain types of blood pressure drugs
  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Most antidepressants
  • Certain pain medicines (analgesics)

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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