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Several side effects may occur with the use of VESIcare, and dry mouth is one of the more common ones. In clinical studies, it occurred in up to 27.6 percent of people taking the medication. If you are taking VESIcare and dry mouth develops, you can try avoiding caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and spicy or salty foods. Your healthcare provider may also recommend artificial saliva.
Dry mouth is the most common side effect of VESIcare® (solifenacin succinate), a prescription medication used to treat symptoms of an overactive bladder. VESIcare is an anticholinergic medication, and dry mouth is a common side effect of such drugs. In studies, up to 27.6 percent of people taking the drug reported having a dry mouth, compared to only 4.2 percent of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient).
If you are taking VESIcare and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are some things that you can do that may provide relief. Some of these suggestions include the following:
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
- Avoid alcohol because it can dry out the mouth.
- Be aware of spicy or salty foods, since they may cause pain in a dry mouth.
- Sip water or sugarless drinks frequently throughout 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.
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.