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Side effects are possible with Nardil, and dry mouth is one of the more common ones. To relieve this, you can try avoiding tobacco or alcohol, sipping water or sugarless drinks often, and sucking on sugarless candy. If your Nardil dry mouth symptoms don't improve, let your healthcare provider know. He or she may recommend other treatments, adjust your Nardil dosage, or prescribe another antidepressant.
Dry mouth is one of the common side effects of Nardil® (phenelzine sulfate), although the exact percentage was not reported. In fact, dry mouth is a common symptom of most antidepressants.
If you are taking Nardil and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are some things that you can do to help. 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.
If you develop a dry mouth while taking Nardil and the suggestions in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend other treatments, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on how severe the dry mouth is, your healthcare provider may also recommend that you adjust your Nardil dosage or try another depression medicine.