Paxil CR and Dry Mouth

Side effects may develop with the use of Paxil CR, and dry mouth is one that occurs commonly (in up to 18 percent of people). If you are taking Paxil CR and dry mouth occurs, there are a number of things that you can do. A few of these suggestions include avoiding drinks with caffeine, sipping water or sugarless drinks often, and chewing sugarless gum or sucking on candy. You should also let your healthcare provider know if you experience a dry mouth during treatment with Paxil CR.

Paxil CR and Dry Mouth: An Overview

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of Paxil CR® (paroxetine controlled release). In previous studies, up to 18 percent of people reported dry mouth as one of the Paxil CR side effects. Dry mouth was most commonly seen in people taking Paxil CR for depression and was less common in people taking Paxil CR for other conditions.
 

Paxil CR and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

If you are taking Paxil CR and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are a number of things that you can do. Some of these suggestions include:
 
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks often.
     
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
     
  • Avoiding drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
     
  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol. They try out the mouth.
     
  • Using a humidifier at night.
     
  • Being aware of spicy or salty foods. These may cause pain in a dry mouth.
     
  • Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless, hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
     
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