I've been on the Fentanyl 100 mcg patch for about a year. I've noticed that a few of my teeth are starting to rot. I've hear that some of these strong meds can rot your teeth. How is that possible, and has anyone ever had this problem? I also sweat alot
Fentanyl does not cause tooth decay.
Are you on any other medication ?
Poor oral hygiene is the main reason for tooth decay.
This is something that I have talked to my dentist about. He replied that these types of meds slow down saliva being created in your mouth. Saliva is a natural thing that helps against tooth decay. So in time, yes, it can be a part of the issue. Drinking more water and using a mouthwash that is alcohol free can help. Brushing your teeth regularly will help as well. Once again, this is what my dentist has told me.
I am going through the same thing. All of a sudden I have to have six teeth
pulled next week. I am trying to see a second Dentist for a second opinion.Please let me know if there is medical proof that we could use in a class action law case .I have been using the 100 mgph. Fentnol Patch one every three days,and now year or more later, my teeth are dissolving.
I just saw this question and couldn't believe it. I've only been on the patches about 6 months and am having MAJOR problems. I've not had problems with my teeth since I was young. Now it seems like they are literally breaking to piecies. I will ask my dentist. I have an appt Monday. Y'all let me know what you find out and I will do the same. Thanks.
Your friend -Terri-
Hi superstressed (and everyone else)
I was prescribed OxyContin for about 10 years, and I do believe opiate pain meds can cause problems with teeth!!
It may not be listed as a side effect but I've seen many questions just like yours, there must be a connection, too many coincidences.
I also am having the same problem with my teeth. I am on 175mcg fentanyl for about a year. It almost seems like the enamel on my teeth is all chipping off and leaving the soft inside.
Same with the sweating. I thought maybe I was going through early menopause cuz I've been having such bad hot flashes!
Glad to find out I'm not the only one!
I am on Fentanyl 25mg but I change every 48 hrs and a low dose of Norco I take 1every 4hrs. I am a Mt. dew nut but I do brush everyday! I have always had good teeth. Now not so much! I hate how I got one on my right side in the front that is just turning black! I also think it's the Fentanyl. !
I have been on fentanyl for three years. My teeth are rotting and turning black. I am drinking plenty of water but that does not help. I brush 2 times a day and floss regularly. My teeth are falling out. I am having so many problems with my teeth. I had all but two teeth until I started fentanyl. Now I am scourges with cavities and rotting teeth. Seems like it is more common than not!
Hi superstressed, I've been on 25mcg patch changed every 48 hours for 4 yrs now, with up to 4 percocets per day. I have the same problem with my teeth. I'm waiting to get another 10 extracted due to the enamel rotting away. I've had 2 crowns break off and one that the real tooth broke off close to the gum line. Luckily all 3 broken teeth had root canals done years ago. Otherwise I'd have had to get to an oral surgeon already. I have an appointment booked for September, the earliest they had available and that's just for a consultation.
The teeth rotting is from a combination of age, smoking, opioids and poor dental hygiene due to my health. I have confirmed these causes with a couple of dentists. They definitely concurred with the causes. I hope you've been doing okay since being weaned off your patches.
The Fentanyl lollipop CAN cause teeth to rot b/c each one has 3 tablespoons of sugar in them. I know this is true b/c I was on them and now have dentures. My teeth began to decay and break off while on the lollipop. Patches do not have the sugar that the suckers have so no need to worry. Oral hygiene while on meds is very important. Some cause dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay.
My experience is YES! I was on a 100 mg patch every two days for years. I am slowly weaning myself off, I am down to 25 mg now, but I am so scared of what else theses patches maybe doing that I don't see. Even though I am scared to be on them I am scared to completely get off too. I am in terrible pain and the withdrawals are horrible whenever I miss changing or it falls off.
My teeth started rotting from the inside out. They would look pretty good on the outside but once it broke you could see it was pure black inside. And the enamel was almost completely gone too. They became so brittle they would crumble & brake. I have spent thousands of dollars having root canals and fillings trying to save my teeth only to have the root canals be rotten again within a year! I do not drink soda, I only use sugar substitute like in crystal lite. I've spent lots of money on mouth wash from the dentist that tasted & smelled like a swimming pool. And even though I hated it I used it a couple times a day, and my teeth just kept on rotting. I've seen many different dentist who all looked at me like I was a junky or I was lying to them. I took pictures to document my teeth falling out, cause I knew it had to be the medicine. I can not go longer then 5 minutes without taking a drink. My mouth is so severely dry you'll never see me without a drink in my hand. I even drink at night while sleeping. I end up drinking at least 32oz of water a night before morning. And the sweats are horrible! I am going through pre-menopause so I am now on hormones to help with that, but it's still very much happing and anoying to say the least. I ended up having all my teeth pulled & got dentures before the age of 50! I've had them for about 2 years now. My mouth is still just as dry as always! I am buying my permanent dentures now. And the dentist is treating me just like all the rest! It must be poor hygiene, sodas, candy or you were or still are a junky. I am sick & tired of these dentist not knowing what's really going on! As far as I am concerned dentist should love Fentanyl patch because they are helping to keep them rich! If there is a lawsuit I want to know because I'll be signed up in a second! And I have dental records, bills, xrays & regular pictures to back my story up too! If you are a lawyer reading this please reach out to me.
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