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Medications That May Cause Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

 
Dry mouth causes cavities and gum disease.

Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, is a contributing factor to gum disease, rapidly progressing cavities, and bad breath. Frequently, I examine patients who develop numerous cavities within just a few months due to recently developed dry mouth! Below is a partial list of medications which have been known to cause dry mouth. Salivary gland dysfunction, smoking, dehydration, and other factors may also cause xerostomia. Ask your dentist or physician if you are concerned about this condition.

Remember, this is only a partial list and if you feel you are taking any medications which are causing dry mouth and compromising your oral health, please consult your doctor. There may be alternative medications or oral hygiene methods!

ANOREXIANT
Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, Zantryl......................................phentermine
Anorex SR, Adipost, Bontril PDM........................................phendimetrazine
Mazanor, Sanorex .................................................................mazindol
Pondimin, Fen-Phen ............................................................fenfluramine
Tenuate, Tepanil, Ten-Tab .................................................diethylpropion

ANTIACNE
Accutane .................................................................................isotretinoin

ANTIANXIETY
Atarax, Vistaril ........................................................................hydroxyzine
Ativan ......................................................................................lorazepam
Centrax ...................................................................................prazepam
Equanil, Miltown ...................................................................meprobamate
Librium ..................................................................................chlordiazepoxide
Paxipam ................................................................................halazepam
Serax ......................................................................................oxazepam
Valium ...................................................................................diazepam
Xanax .....................................................................................alprazolam

ANTICHOLINERGIC / ANTISPASMODIC
Anaspaz ................................................................................hyoscyamine
Atropisol. Sal-Tropine .........................................................atropine
Banthine ...............................................................................methantheline
Bellergal ................................................................................belladonna alkaloids
Bentyl .....................................................................................dicyclomine
Daricon .................................................................................oxyphencyclimine
Ditropan ................................................................................oxybutynin
Librax ....................................................................................chlordiazepoxide with clidinium
Pamine .................................................................................methscopolamine
Pro-Banthine .......................................................................propantheline
Transderm-Scop ................................................................scopolamine

ANTICONVULSANT
Felbatol .................................................................................felbamate
Lamictal ................................................................................lamotrigine
Neurontin .............................................................................gabapentin
Tegretol ................................................................................carbamazepine

ANTIDEPRESSANT
Anafranil ...............................................................................clomipramine
Asendin ................................................................................amoxapine
Elavil .....................................................................................amitryptaline
Luvox .....................................................................................fluvoxamine
Norpramin ...........................................................................desipramine
Prozac ...................................................................................fluoxetine
Sinequan .............................................................................doxepin
Tofranil .................................................................................imipramine
Wellbutrin ............................................................................bupropion

ANTIDIARRHETIC
Imodium AD .......................................................................loperamide
Lomotil ................................................................................diphenoxylate with atropine
Motofen ...............................................................................difenoxin with atropine

ANTIHISTAMINE
Actifed .................................................................................triprolidine with pseudoephedrine
Benadryl .............................................................................diphenhydramine
Chlor-Trimeton .................................................................chlorpheniramine
Claritin ................................................................................loratadine
Dimetane ...........................................................................brompheniramine
Dimetapp ...........................................................................brompheniramine with phenylpropanolamine
Hismanal ...........................................................................astemizole
Phenergan .........................................................................promethazine
Pyribenzamine (PBZ) .......................................................tripelennamine
Seldane ..............................................................................terfenadine

ANTIHYPERTENSIVE
Capoten .............................................................................captopril
Catapres ............................................................................clonidine
Coreg ..................................................................................carvedilol
Ismelin ...............................................................................guanethidine
Minipress ..........................................................................prazosin
Serpasil .............................................................................reserpine
Wytensin ............................................................................guanabenz

ANTIINFLAMMATORY ANALGESIC
Dolobid ..............................................................................diflunisal
Feldene ..............................................................................piroxicam
Motrin, Advil ........................................................................ibuprofen
Nalfon .................................................................................fenoprofen
Naprosyn ...........................................................................naproxen

ANTINAUSEANT/ANTIEMETIC
Antivert ...............................................................................meclizine
Dramamine ......................................................................dyphenhydramine
Marezine ............................................................................cyclizine

ANTIPARKINSONIAN
Akineton ............................................................................biperiden
Artane ................................................................................trihexyphenidyl
Cogentin ...........................................................................benztropine mesylate
Larodopa ..........................................................................levodopa
Sinemet ............................................................................carbidopa with levodopa

ANTI-PSYCHOTIC
Clozaril .............................................................................clozapine
Compazine ......................................................................prochlorperazine
Eskalith ............................................................................lithium
Haldol ..............................................................................haloperidol
Mellaril ..............................................................................thioridazine
Navane .............................................................................thiothixene
Orap ..................................................................................pimozide
Sparine ............................................................................promazine
Stelazine ..........................................................................trifluoperazine
Thorazine .........................................................................chlorpromazine

BRONCHDILATOR
Atrovent ............................................................................ipratropium
Isuprel ..............................................................................isoproterenol
Proventil, Ventolin ..........................................................albuterol

DECONGESTANT
Ornade ............................................................................phenylpropanolamine with chlorpheniramine
Sudafed ...........................................................................pseudoephedrine

DIURETIC
Diuril ................................................................................chlorothiazide
Dyazide, Maxzide ...........................................................triamterine and hydrochlorothiazide
HydroDIURIL, Esidrix ....................................................hydrochlorothiazide
Hygroton ..........................................................................chlorthalidone
Lasix ................................................................................furosemide
Midamor ..........................................................................amiloride

MUSCLE RELAXANT
Flexeril .............................................................................cyclobenzaprine
Lioresal ...........................................................................baclofen
Norflex, Disipal ...............................................................orphenadrine

NARCOTIC ANALGESIC
Demerol ..........................................................................meperidine
MS Contin ........................................................................morphine

SEDATIVE
Dalmane .........................................................................flurazepam
Halcion ............................................................................triazolam
Restoril ............................................................................temazepam

 

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