what do you do for dry mouth?

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mamanan
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I always have a bottle of water with me. I like to eat fruit or celery and cucumber for the moisture when I have snacks. I used to chew gum, but that is now impossible with my facial/ tooth pain. I wake up at night with my tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, adn wearing my night guard is now also impossible.

My dry mouth has gotten much worse with my raise in amitriptyline, and I am worried about doing further damage to my teeth. Not to mention that it is hard to talk sometimes! But I don't want to find another drug, as I know this one works adn I mostly tolerate it well. It has taken a year, but I am now over the grogginess too.

Do you have any tips/ tricks? Thank you!
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vestabula
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   

I have TMJ and can't wear my mouth guard because of dry mouth also.  The dentist gave me a bottle of mouth wash called Oasis that is almost all glycerine that helps a little.  I just drink all day long (not vodka but I have been eyeballing it lately...LOL) but nothing really gets rid of it.  I have stopped drinking caffeinated tea and soda and I actually think that has helped a bit.  When my father was on radiation for cancer in his sinuses, he had no saliva and the docs gave him a pill that worked...don't remember the name of it, of course.

 Plus being on Lexapro doesn't help with the ole lips stuck to the gum-thing which is very attractive!

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harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
There are two different kinds of mouthwash out for dry mouth. I found that it works better at night, probably because I'm not really talking alot. One is called "Biotene" and the other is "Oasis". I have only tried the Biotene so I can't vouch for the other. It's worth a try and doesn't require you chewing on anything to aggravate your teeth.

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Sherrine
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to the good old Mayo Clinic site.  The first link names two medications that help with dry mouth and the second link are home "remedies" that help with dry mouth   Hope this helps!
 
 
 
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mamanan
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! I'll be sure to try that mouthwash. They also had Biotene saliva substitute listed at the Mayo clinic site, so it must be good!

But I am NOT giving up my coffe ;)
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jujub
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Biotene is really helpful, and their toothpaste can also help. The artificial saliva is a gel, which I found unpleasant. When my problem was really bad, I did use it sometimes at bedtime.
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beanley
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
i take elavil and my dentist recpmmended Biotene toothpaste as well as Biotene mouthwash. he also recommended sugar free lemon drops.

as for coffee, just take caffeine tablets instead (No Doz). i do that because my teeth were getting dingy. :-)
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vestabula
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   

You found it, Sherrine...it was Salogen that my dad took and it really worked for him.  But it's a prescription.  I can't beleive I threw bottles of it away after he passed away...never thinking I would need it!

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 9/29/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I've thought about keeping a full Camelbak bottle next to my bed so that when I wake up with dry mouth in the middle of the night I can solve it. I do drink a LOT of water ... I've been known to polish off a gallon per day ... but I did that before the Fibro, so I don't know why it is I do that.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 9/29/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I take amitriptyline at bedtime, and I try to drink lots of water in the evening.  This has helped me some with dry mouth.

mamanan
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   Posted 10/2/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the pharmacy, and they didn't have any Biotene mouthwash in stock. So my pharmacist got me to try Mouth Kote. It's a spray with extracts of lemon and lime. You spray into your mouth and swish it around some. I think how it works is the sour taste (it's actually kinda pleasant, btw, but I like sour) activates the saliva glands. It works... for about 10 minutes. Back to the drawing board! I really want to try the mouthwash, and perhaps the gel for at bedtime... that's when I need it the most. I'm not sure about the toothpaste; is it for sensitive teeth?

Beanly, caffeine tablets just won't cut it. I love my coffee too much ;) Now, I could chew on a couple (dozen) chocolate covered coffee beans!
possible fibro and trigeminal neuralgia
50 mgs amitriptyline

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