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Dry Mouth (xerostomia): Causes, Diagnosis, And Treatment

Xerostomia is a medical term meaning dry mouth due to lack of saliva; individuals with xerostomia don't have enough saliva to keep the mouth wet - there is reduced or absent saliva flow. The condition is also informally known as pasties, cottonmouth, drooth, doughmouth, or des (from desert). This article will look at the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of xerostomia. Contents of this article: Here are some key points about xerostomia. More detail and supporting information is in the main article. Dry mouth is more prevalent in the aging population Xerostomia is commonly a side effect of drugs Sometimes, xerostomia is due to an underlying disease such as sarcoidosis or amyloidosis Smoking or sleeping with the mouth open increases the chances of developing xerostomia Individuals with dry mouth should avoid spicy foods and sugary drinks What is xerostomia? Experts say that xerostomia is usually caused by inadequate function of the salivary glands. Xerostomia can lead to speech and eating difficulties, halitosis (bad breath), an increase in the number of dental cavities (saliva helps prevent tooth decay), and infections in the mouth, such as thrush. An individual with xerost Continue reading >>

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  1. Prometheus

    Any way to help the dry-mouth caused by metformin?

    Hey folks,
    I started taking Metformin 1000mg/day about a month ago. I seem to have avoided most side effects except for dry mouth. During the day, it dosent bother me much, the problem is at night. It's gotten so bad that I'm actually waking up multiple times a night needing to get a drink. And the messed up sleep pattern is starting to take a toll on my body.
    Does anyone know of any supplement or something that can help with that?
    I'd rather not stop the Met becuase it does improve my numbers a bit, but I can't keep doing this either.

  2. thenybestseller

    Cannot wait for the replies as I have the same problem..

  3. Prometheus

    Originally Posted by thenybestseller
    Cannot wait for the replies as I have the same problem.. At least I know I'm not the only one. I'm hoping I just need to ride it out a bit longer and it will take care of itself, but that may just be wishful thinking.

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