Antidepressants & Dry Mouth Side Effects
Antidepressants are life-saving drugs used to treat a variety of disorders, including severe depression, anxiety, OCD, chronic pain, migraines, ADHD, and many other conditions. And while these drugs help millions of people live happier, more productive lives, there are often unpleasant side effects, including xerostomia, known commonly as dry mouth.
Tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and lithium all include dry mouth as a common side effect. Though it’s unclear why antidepressant use leads to dry mouth, some suggest that the gastrointestinal system function is affected by the medication’s changes to brain chemistry. If left untreated, dry mouth from antidepressants can lead to additional oral and medical health issues and significantly reduce your quality of life.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about dry mouth to learn about treatment options, such as adjusting the dose, finding a new medication, natural remedies, over-the-counter treatments, and prescription dry mouth medication.
Zoloft Dry Mouth Treatment
Zoloft is the brand name for sertraline, a popular SSRI most often used to treat depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In trials, 16% of patients taking Zoloft for depression experienced dry mouth. While some side effects of Zoloft can be controlled through adjusting dosages, persistent dry mouth can lead to several complications and should not go untreated.
Wellbutrin Dry Mouth Treatment
Clinical studies have shown that roughly 27% of patients taking Wellbutrin have reported dry mouth side effects. Though many patients report that their dry mouth symptoms reduce over time, there are several treatments (outlined below) that can speed up this process, improve quality of life, and reduce the chance of further health complications.
Zoloft and Wellbutrin are just two of the many antidepressants that are commonly associated with dry mouth. Others include SSRIs such as Celexa, Prozac, Lexapro, and Paxil, as well as tricyclic antidepressants like Doxepin, Amoxipine, and others.
There are several remedies for treating dry mouth associated with antidepressants:
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco
- Avoid salty or spicy foods and increase amount of fruit in your diet
- Drink plenty of water, preferably by frequent sipping throughout the day
- Promote saliva production with sugarless hard candy or by chewing sugarless gum
- Practice proper oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and keep up with regular dentist appointments.
Treating Antidepressant Dry Mouth with XyliMelts® oral adhering discs
Beyond home remedies and proper oral hygiene, over-the-counter products like XyliMelts can help provide temporary relief of dry mouth associated with antidepressants.
XyliMelts for dry mouth are small xylitol discs designed to securely adhere to the gums or teeth lasting for hours (even overnight) helping to coat, soothe and moisturize the mouth and increase saliva flow. There are several benefits to using XyliMelts to fight dry mouth:
- Increases the flow of saliva*
- No affect on speaking or appearance with daytime use
- Can be used at night while sleeping
- Freshens breath with a mild mint flavor
- Lasts for hours
- Coats and moisturizes for improved comfort*
- May reduce the risk of tooth decay
If you’ve been struggling with the dry mouth side effect of Zoloft, Wellbutrin, or any other antidepressant medication, there are many treatment options out there. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of adjusting your dosage or trying a new medication – and use saliva-stimulating products like XyliMelts to find temporary relief.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.