I always rinse my mouth thoroughly with warm water, as directed, after using the Symbicort, but I still have a BIG problem with dry mouth. My mouth also feels coated with something that feels like an alum, or some kind of "drawing" agent. What else can I do to get rid of this coating? I also brush my teeth after using the inhaler, but that doesn't help much. Any suggestions?
It sounds as though you have oral thrush. Unfortunately oral thrush is a common side effect of steroid inhalers.
Having a good inhaler technique and using a spacer device may reduce the risk of thrush. It is good that you are rinsing your mouth after using the inhaler, as this helps remove any drug particles left in your mouth.
You should see your doctor for treatment and ask about reducing your dose of steroid in your inhaler to the lowest level needed to control your COPD.
- Symbicort Information for Consumers
- Symbicort Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Symbicort (detailed)
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