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Medication can cause dry mouth

Patients with diabetes

Patients with high blood sugar levels are prone to experiencing dry mouth and it can lead to further oral health complications.

Patients having treatment for cancer

Patients who are having treatment for cancer, in particular head and neck cancer, are at significant risk of developing dry mouth. Dry mouth is one of the most common complications during and after radiotherapy treatment.

Patients with dementia

One of the main side effects of the medication patients with dementia and alzheimer take is  dry mouth. Common medications with this side effect include; antidepressants, antipsychotics and sedatives.

Patients on multi-medication (polypharmacy)

More than 500 medications, both OTC and prescription, have xerostomia as a side effect and the prevalence increases with each medication taken. More than 3 medications taken in combination can lead to a 50% risk of developing dry mouth.

Patients with depression

Antidepressants are one of the groups of medication most commonly associated with dry mouth.

Auto-immune diseases

Patients with autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s syndrome, may suffer from dry mouth. This is due to their body’s immune system attacking glands that secrete fluid, especially the saliva glands. 


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