Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is also called xerostomia. It often occurs when the salivary gland is unable to produce enough saliva in the mouth. It can also be due to dehydration, Sjogren's syndrome, diabetes, side effects of certain medications, nerve damage, and chemotherapy. The symptoms are dryness in the mouth, throat, raw tongue, bad breath, and frequent thirst. Drinking water frequently, avoiding certain medications, chewing sugarless gums, and improving overall oral health helps to treat it.

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Will Isotretinoin affect my HIV and syphilis tests?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taking Isotretinoin tablet from four months, and I stopped taking it. I had dry mouth, sores, thick line inside cheeks, some rough patches inside cheeks and lips also. But even after stopping Isotretinoin, I still have these problems. I have a lot of hair loss, nearly 300 to 400 per...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Whatever you have described in your complaints are basically the side effects of Isotretinoin. You have no chance of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and syphilis. You can go ahead with your pregnancy plans. All the best. Best wishes. For more information consult...  Read Full »

Does herpes infection cause extreme dryness of mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been struggling now with an issue for about a month. Extreme mouth dryness. Something very new to me. I have never had anything like this before. So sore mouth, sore tongue, and very dry. Is the case that I am short on saliva most definitely. I was recently tested for Diabetes ...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dry mouth due to reduced salivary gland secretion. Yes, herpes may be the reason for dryness affecting the glands. Herpes prescription online can be got from your specialist doctor or in our online telemedicine platform. Are you under treatment for hypertension? For...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for diarrhea with loss of appetitie and dry mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, Every once a month at least I get a flare up of diarrhea where I go at least six times a day and nothing seems to settle my stomach. The stool itself has a weird texture, almost sand-like. Most of it float down but some do float up and there is mucus in it. Other symptoms I am experie...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have lost some weight since the start of symptoms? Do you have noticed any triggers (diets, stress, change in lifestyle, or drinking alcohol ) before such episodes? Alcohol has a large amount of fermentable carbohydrates which can cause diarrhea, gas, and bloati...  Read Full »

Why do I have a headache, dry mouth, and tightness in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old boy. From the last 10 months I am suffering from physical symptoms like a tight band wrapped around my head every time, tightness and little pain in the neck, heavy head, head pressure a mild headache, ringing in the ears, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, upset stomach,...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi., Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be suffering from chronic tension headache. I would recommend you to discuss with your doctor to start you on tablet Amitryptiline 10 mg once in the night and within three weeks, you would feel better. I would also recommend you to go for a morning walk, me...  Read Full »

I am experiencing dry mouth and white spots on my tongue. Which medications would help me get rid of it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing a dry mouth and white spots on my tongue. Could you please suggest me a medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The dryness of your tongue could be due to a deficiency of vitamins, or it could just be dehydration. Sometimes variations in blood sugar can also cause dryness of the tongue. If you are not drinking sufficient water, I suggest that you dr...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of taking Adderall for a long time?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 29 year old boyfriend, who weighs 190 lbs and 6 feet tall, he is a former athlete in college. He was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia through the spinal tab, five years ago. He is now taking Adderall 60 mg a day total, spread over six times, and is using Flumazenil cream, wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Idiopathic hypersomnia is a sleep disorder even less common than narcolepsy, a rare sleep disease. The biggest distinguishing characteristics include differences in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the absence of cataplexy (a sudden weakness in the muscles while fully co...  Read Full »

I started Metformin and raised the dosage, but post that, I had stomach pain. Is it due to Metformin or any other reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently started with Metformin tablet 1000 mg and raised it in 10 days up to 2000 mg. Since then, I have been feeling awful, and my adjustment was very rough as I felt nauseous. So, I skipped a day, and felt okay; the next day, I took it again and felt sick. Now I have permanent pain a...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your case history in detail. As a tablet, Metformin is known to cause of gastric upset and upper abdominal discomfort. As you have already noticed, this occurs after increasing the dose of Metformin; I would like to suggest you reduce the dose or even s...  Read Full »

Why am I experiencing bad breath and dry mouth after I started wearing dentures for the past two years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had bad breath for the past two years. I also have complaints like dry mouth and dry tongue. I had a decayed tooth in the front two years back. I consulted a dentist and got it removed. I started wearing dentures to replace this missing tooth. I have been experiencing bad breath...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Candies will not cure halitosis. It just masks your taste with sweetness, and it is also harmful to your teeth. I need the following details to treat the symptoms of dry mouth and bad breath. 1. What antibiotics were taken after tooth remov...  Read Full »

I have a dry mouth after taking the tablet Amitriptyline. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have taken Doxepin 75 mg, but there is no improvement in my condition. But there is some relief if I take it with Amitriptyline 100 mg. Moreover, Doxepin is rarely available in my area. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have tolerated tablet Doxepin (antidepressive and anti-anxiety drug) until 75 mg, I recommend increasing it to 150 mg at night as it is one of the most sedating anti-depressants. I also recommend getting your ECG (electrocardiogram) done if you will use tablet Am...  Read Full »

I have a dry mouth after taking the Zithromax Tri pack for three days. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a dry mouth after taking the antibiotic Zithromax Tri pack for three days last month for strep throat.  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Dryness of mouth and tongue after an episode of throat infections such as pharyngitis are common due to dysfunction of salivary glands during recovery. Another reason for such dysfunction is associated with acid reflux dis...  Read Full »

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