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Oxytrol and Dry Mouth

There are a number of side effects that may occur with the use of Oxytrol. Dry mouth appears to be one of the most common side effects, occurring in up to 9.6 percent of people using the medication. If you are using Oxytrol and dry mouth becomes a problem, you can try avoiding alcohol, using a humidifier at night, sipping water frequently, or using artificial saliva products.

Starting in September 2013, Oxytrol patches will be available without a prescription and will be sold under the name "Oxytrol for Women" to treat women over age 18 with overactive bladder. The prescription version will still be available. It is unclear how this will affect the price and insurance coverage for Oxytrol.

Does Oxytrol Cause a Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is the most common side effect of Oxytrol® (oxybutynin patch), a prescription overactive bladder medication. Oxytrol is an anticholinergic medication, and a dry mouth is a very common side effect of anticholinergic medications. In studies, up to 9.6 percent of people taking the drug reported having a dry mouth. However, up to 8.3 percent of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient) also experienced dry mouth.

Oxytrol and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

If you are taking Oxytrol 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:
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and most sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • 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; 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.
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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