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  [ 50 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • May 5, 2006

Some medications will induce dry mouth symptoms. If the medication has been helpful to your fibromyalgia [or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome], you may want to cope with the symptoms of dry mouth. Here’s what you can do about dry mouth: -use ice chips, sugarless hard candy, and sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist.
-increase fluid intake. Keep a small plastic water container handy.
-determine whether dry mouth symptoms are related to the dose of antidepressants. Reducing the dose slightly may help, if lowering the dose doesn’t worsen other symptoms.
-use chewing gums which are designed to increase saliva.
-investigate Biotene products for dry mouth, including gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
-use artificial saliva when other efforts to generate natural saliva are inadequate.
-get frequent dental checkups. Saliva prevents decay by washing food away from the teeth.
If your dry mouth symptoms persist, discuss them with your physician. (Source: The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia by Jenny Fransen, R.N., and I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D.)

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