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Ditropan XL and Dry Mouth

There are many possible side effects of Ditropan XL, and dry mouth appears to be one of them. Studies show that dry mouth is the most common side effect of the medication, occurring in 61 percent of people. If you are taking Ditropan XL and dry mouth occurs, your healthcare provider can recommend artificial saliva or you can try avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

Does Ditropan XL Cause a Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is a possible side effect of Ditropan XL® (oxybutynin ER), a prescription medication used to treat an overactive bladder. It is an anticholinergic medication that, like all anticholinergics, often causes a dry mouth. In fact, dry mouth is the most common Ditropan XL side effect. In studies, up to 61 percent of people taking the drug reported having a dry mouth.

Ditropan XL and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

For people taking Ditropan XL, there are some things that you can do to help with a dry mouth. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon or mint candies are good choices.
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks frequently during the day and 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 most sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Avoid alcohol, because it can dry out the mouth.
  • Use a humidifier at night.
  • Be aware of spicy or salty foods because they may cause pain in a dry mouth.
Dry mouth is a common but uncomfortable side effect of Ditropan XL. It is important to note that severe or prolonged dry mouth can cause dental problems, as saliva helps to protect the teeth from decay. You may need special dental care in such situations.

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