Wellbutrin SR and Dry Mouth

People may experience side effects while taking Wellbutrin SR, and dry mouth appears to be one of the most common Wellbutrin SR side effects. There are several ways that you can improve a dry mouth, such as sipping water or sugarless drinks often, avoiding drinks with caffeine, and using a humidifier at night. If your dry mouth does not improve, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatments or possibly adjusting your Wellbutrin SR dosage.

Wellbutrin SR and Dry Mouth: An Overview

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of Wellbutrin SR® (bupropion SR). In previous studies, dry mouth was reported in up to 24 percent of people who took Wellbutrin SR, compared to 7 percent of people who were not taking Wellbutrin SR. People taking higher Wellbutrin SR doses were more likely to have a dry mouth.

Wellbutrin SR and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

If you are taking Wellbutrin SR 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 or alcohol. They dry 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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