Paxil and Dry Mouth

Up to 18 percent of patients in clinical trials reported dry mouth as a side effect of Paxil. If you are taking Paxil and dry mouth occurs, there are several things you can do, including using a humidifier at night and avoiding tobacco. If these suggestions don't help, talk to your doctor about other options that are available for dealing with a dry mouth.

Paxil and Dry Mouth: An Overview

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride). In studies, up to 18 percent of people reported dry mouth as one of Paxil's side effects. Dry mouth was most commonly seen in people taking Paxil for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or panic disorder. It was less common in those taking Paxil for social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Paxil and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

If you are taking Paxil and experience dry mouth, there are some things that you can do that may help you deal with the problem. For instance, consider the following suggestions:
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Don't use tobacco or alcohol. They dry out the mouth.
  • Use a humidifier at night.
  • Be aware of spicy or salty foods. These may cause pain in a dry mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless, hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
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