Anyone get cotton mouth from panic? making me freak out

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   Posted 9/25/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
k i am sitting at work after lunchand my mouth and throat get really dry and have been that way for a few hours now off and on.  baed since the drive home.  now i'm panicking.  my allergies are bad and i have been clearing my throat alot today but i also took a benadryl which i know can dry you out.  anyway, i also drank some tea from wendys and wondering if it could have been that.  like it feels like if you would bite into a persimon (sp?) - that dry feeling.  could it be the tea or anxiety?  didn't feel anxious but it's making me anxious.  meeting a new guy tonight.  wonder if that is doing it?  think i might cancel.  haha 
i have xanax and i might take one to see if it helps but seemed to happen about a month ago when i ate an apple.  wondered if it was from the coating on it.  that waxy stuff. 
benadryl usually helps with my anxiety and it usually doesn't cause this feeling.  ick i hate it!! 
don't want to take a daily anxiety med becaue i don't want to be hooked on one and i hear of ppl on them and they don't help.  don't think they are good for you.  want to learn to deal with this without a daily pill.  am reading lucinda bassett's book and hope it helps.  she said when you are trying to confront it it gets worse sometimes.  ugh

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   Posted 9/25/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   


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   Posted 9/25/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   

yeah but not depressed and i don't think medication is the answer to everything.  it just covers things. 

i used to take buspar but still had panick with it and i don't want to feel doped up.  i just got on here mainly to vent andhear other people's experiences.  thanks for the advice but i choose not to take anti depressants when i'm not depressed.  thanks though.  just talking to others who feel like i do sometimes helps.  like therapy. 


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   Posted 9/25/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hazelnut

Benadryl will for sure dry your mouth out. An apple a month ago wont do it now. That apple is done gone =).

A strong tea can also do it. Any type of caffeine can dry your mouth out. As caffeine will "steal" the water in your system. But its not a common thing to have that happen. Coffee always makes me thirsty and my mouth/throat dry.
Clearing your throat will make it raw and feel dry.

Usually if you take an allergy med regularly you will start to notice more "side effects" from them. My zyrtec drys my mouth and throat out for 3 days after I take it. That is one reason I only take it 2 max 3 times a week.

Dry mouth if bother some and does not go away. A visit to the dentist isn't a bad idea. As the slavery glands in your mouth might not be working properly. But after a week or so if it continues and you don't take the benadryl go see the dentist. And you have zero caffeine intake.

I understand the not wanting to take meds. I do not either. With time we non med takers figure out our own ways of dealing with our anxiety without the drugs. Its a little more work. But we can do it. Just gotta be strong!

Take Care

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   Posted 9/26/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I get cotton mouth from anxiety sometimes along with a strange taste in my mouth. It's not caused by allergy meds because I'm on none. It will come on suddenly and go away suddenly. Nothing will quench the thirst.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I also get cotton mouth with my anxiety; I also get it right before a migraine...weird but sounds like anxiety to me.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Good advice from everyone, and I have to agree that it seems like you are having some anxiety symptoms. For your own peace of mind I would suggest that you set an appointment with your doctor and discuss with him/her how you've been feeling.

Take care and keep us posted :)
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