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There are several side effects of Remeron, and dry mouth appears to be one of the most common. Treatment options are available, however. If you are taking Remeron and dry mouth occurs, try avoiding spicy or salty foods, using a humidifier at night, sipping water or sugarless drinks often, and avoiding tobacco or alcohol use. Your healthcare provider may also recommend artificial saliva.

Remeron and Dry Mouth: An Overview

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of Remeron® (mirtazapine). Clinical studies have shown that up to 25 percent of people taking it reported having a dry mouth, compared to 15 percent of people who were not taking Remeron.
 

Remeron and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

For people taking Remeron, there are some things that you can do to help with a dry mouth. Some of these suggestions include the following:
 
  • 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.
     

Remeron and Dry Mouth: A Summary

If you develop a dry mouth while taking Remeron and the suggestions in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treaments, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on the severity of your dry mouth, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Remeron dosage or try another medicine for depression.
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