too much salivation, symtom of ibs?

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
 i am desparate for help. for the past few days i have had SEVERE excess saliva. it was so bad last night that i actually had to stuff my mouth with a wash cloth. it is really interfering with my sleep and my daytime activities.if any of you have any suggestions or if this has ever happened to you i would would appreciate a response. thank you

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   Posted 9/11/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Normally, your salivary glands produce 1 to 2 quarts (0.95 to 1.89 liters) of saliva a day. However, because swallowing occurs continually and unconsciously, you don't generally notice the saliva. If you suddenly seem to have excessive saliva in your mouth, it may be because your salivary glands are making more saliva than usual (sialorrhea) or because you are swallowing less often.

Causes of increased saliva production include:

■New dentures
■Inflammation of mucous membranes of the mouth (stomatitis)
■A side effect of certain medications, such as clozapine, isoproterenol, pilocarpine and reserpine
■Damage to the nerves that control the salivary glands
Causes of a decreased ability to swallow or to retain saliva in your mouth include:

■Neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease or cerebral palsy
■Nasal obstruction, such as due to allergies, sinus infection, nasal polyps and enlarged adenoids
■Gastroesophageal reflux
■Sjogren's syndrome
■Bell's palsy
If you're concerned about excessive salivation, consult your doctor or dentist. It's important to determine if the problem is due to increased saliva production or a decreased ability to swallow.

Treatment of persistent, excessive salivation is directed at the underlying cause, if possible. Anticholinergic medications, such as transdermal scopolamine, can be used to decrease saliva. Although anticholinergics may help in severe cases of drooling, these medications aren't always effective and can cause side effects.

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   Posted 9/12/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I to have been experiencing excessive saliva production it's been bothering me I was not sure what was causing it,it's bad when I sleep.I googled some questions and came up with acid reflux and I have that another dam condition brought on by my IBS.I'm not sure how to stop this I'm going to look more into that though hope this helped you out.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 10/14/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I have the same problem.  Excessive saliva.  It causes me to spit all over when I talk.  Very embarrassing.  I am looking for any suggestions to cure/help with the problem.


age:  46
1st psa Apr 08 3.06
2nd psa 6/16/8 4.02,  DRE showed nothing abnormal
biopsy 7/10/08 positive 5 of 12
Da Vinci 8/04/8 Parkview Memorial in FT Wayne IN 
gleason 3 + 3 = 6
prostate 27 g, 4 x 4 x 3.1 cm
Stage:  pT2cNXMX
margins:  apical margin involved
no extraprostatic extension of tumor
seminal vesicle involvement: absent
3 month psa  0.11, 11/08
6 month psa 0.12,  2/09/0
9 month psa 0.13, 5/01/09
1 year psa 0.20, 8/17/2009

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