I've taken venlafaxine for about 10 days and my mouth is so DRY it hurts. Will this side effect last? I like Venlafaxine otherwise, it seems like it's kept my hot flashes away and I'm sleeping well, but I feel like I'm getting trench mouth. Btw, I've been using Biotene but its not helping that much.
Hi, alli! This type of side effect is usually transient ~ lasting from just a couple days to about 2 weeks, so you may be through the worst of it. Here are some tips that may be helpful:
*To relieve your dry mouth:
Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva. For some people, xylitol, which is often found in sugar-free gum or sugar-free candies, may cause diarrhea or cramps if consumed in large amounts.
Limit your caffeine intake because caffeine can make your mouth drier.
Don't use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying.
Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco.
Sip water regularly.
Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes — look for products containing xylitol, such as Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray, or ones containing carboxymethylcellulose (kahr-bok-see-meth-ul-SEL-u-lohs) or hydroxyethyl cellulose (hi-drok-see-ETH-ul SEL-u-lohs), such as Biotene Oral Balance.
Try a mouthwash designed for dry mouth — especially one that contains xylitol, such as Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse or ACT Total Care Dry Mouth Rinse, which also offer protection against tooth decay.
Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants because they can make your symptoms worse.
Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier.*
Best wishes and I'm glad your venlafaxine is working well otherwise! WCV
- Venlafaxine Information for Consumers
- Venlafaxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Venlafaxine (detailed)
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