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It is possible to develop a dry mouth while taking an antidepressant like Parnate. Dry mouth can typically be relieved by avoiding tobacco or alcohol, chewing gum, and sipping water or sugarless drinks often. If you are taking Parnate and dry mouth occurs, let your healthcare provider know so he or she can offer other recommendations for dry mouth relief.
Dry mouth is one of the common side effects of Parnate® (tranylcypromine sulfate), although the exact percentage has not been reported. In fact, dry mouth is a common symptom of most antidepressants, including Parnate.
For people taking Parnate, 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.
If you develop a dry mouth while taking Parnate 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 Parnate dry mouth side effects are, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Parnate dosage or try another depression medicine.