Celexa and Dry Mouth

There are many potential side effects that may occur with the use of Celexa, and dry mouth is one of the most common. If you are taking Celexa and dry mouth occurs, there are a number of things you can try, including being aware of spicy or salty foods, using a humidifier at night, sipping water or sugarless drinks often, and avoiding tobacco or alcohol.

Celexa and Dry Mouth: An Overview

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of Celexa® (citalopram hydrobromide). In studies, up to 20 percent of people reported dry mouth as one of Celexa's side effects, compared to 14 percent in people who were not taking the medication.

Celexa and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

For people taking Celexa, there are some things that you can do to help with a dry mouth. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Don't use tobacco or alcohol; they dry out the mouth.
  • Use a humidifier at night.
  • Be aware of spicy or salty foods. These may cause pain in a dry mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless, hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices.

Celexa Dry Mouth: Summary

If you have a dry mouth while taking Celexa and the suggestions above do not help, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on how severe your Celexa dry mouth side effects are, your healthcare provider may also recommend that you adjust your Celexa dosage or try another depression medicine.
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