11 Medications That Cause Dry Mouth


Hi everyone

In today's episode, I’m going over.....

11 Medication groups that have dry mouth side effects

I'm Dr. Anna

and In the next few minutes you are going to learn…

11 Medication groups that cause dry mouth and what are some of the ways you can do to get relief.

Head over to www.mysmilegenius.com to get the

Free Dry Mouth eBook and other resources to help with dry mouth.

 With that being said...

👉👉 What medications do you take that might be causing your dry mouth? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to like this video (as this helps reach more members) and share it with anyone you think can benefit from it.



This video is strictly for educational purposes. Information in this video do not substitute for your medical professional’s advice. DO not make any changes in taking you medications without consulting with your medical doctor.

Please keep in mind that because of the changing nature of available drugs, this information may be incomplete and or not up to date.

Medications listed can be used for other/additional conditions which are listed and have additional side effects aside from dry mouth. Speak to your doctor about your concerns.

Let’s start with the most common groups of medications


Antidepressants (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft)

Are medications used to treat depressive disorder and other conditions including anxiety, chronic pain and help manage some addictions. These medications basically change the chemicals in the brain and messages that are sent between your brain and the salivary glands. They can cause salivary glands to not work as well but also cause our brain to not recognize the fact that you have dry mouth. While many patients do need to take these medications, try additional methods of relaxation such as meditation, listening to music, or other activities which you enjoy and which help you relieve stress.

Antihypertensives (High Blood Pressure Medications) (Beta-Blockers: Atenolol, Propanolol. Water pills: Hydrochlorothiazide aka HTZ).

These are medications that is used to treat high blood pressure and sometimes are used to prevent complications of high blood pressure such as stroke and myocardial infraction. Speak to your doctor if use alternative HBP medications that do not have much dry mouth side effects is an option for you.

Hormonal changes and birth control pills.

Hormonal changes can affect our oral cavity. During puberty, menses, pregnancy and menopause. Studies show that oral mucosa and salivary glands have sex hormone receptors. You can think of receptors as tiny doctors that live in your salivary glands that are on the lookout for any changes in hormones. So if there is a change they will react and sometimes tell the salivary glands to produce less saliva. Also, other studies have shown that postmenopausal women have lower salivary flow than menstruating women, largely due to these hormone changes.

Acne medications – Retinoids (Accutane)

Are high doses of Vitamin A and known to have dry mouth side effects.

Opioids: Codine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin etc.

are used to manage pain, have drying effects as well other side effects. Speak to your doctor about alternative pain management strategies.


They dilate (or put differently, enlarge) lung structures to increase blood flow into the lungs. They are used in asthma, COPD. 

Benzodiazepines (Clonazepam, Diazepam, Valium, Xanax)

Are used to treat panic disorders, anxiety, insomnia, seizures.

GI Medications: Proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid)

Are used to reduce stomach acid production. They are used for indigestion, peptic ulcers, GERD etc. Speak to your doctor about the causes of your GI problems. If it is caused by diet, then it is something that can be adjusted and perhaps lead to a resolution of the problem.

Antipsychotics (Prolixin, Thorazine, Phenergan etc. )

Are used to manage psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The severity of dry mouth will come from the amount you to take.

Antihistamines and decongestants. (Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec)

They are used to treat allergies by blocking histamine receptors and have drying effects. They have varying degrees and can affect you differently depending on what time of day you take them. If you have dry mouth at night, perhaps it is better to take the medication early in the day where our salivary flow is higher and you don’t experience the drying effects as much. Speak to your doctor before making any of these changes.

Chemotherapy medications used to treat cancers.

Complications with dry mouth and dental problems increase if there is radiation to the head and neck. Not only do patients have dry mouth from the medications but also salivary glands are affected and often damaged by the radiation and are unable to function properly.

 These are the major drug groups that are associated with dry mouth side effects. There are hundreds of medications and it is recommended to speak to your doctor about your specific situation and what are the possible solutions.


Read more about how to help with Dry Mouth here: What Causes of Dry Mouth? Dry Mouth Symptoms and Home Remedies 

There are many other ways to manage dry mouth and you can find more information about this on my website  www.mysmilegenius.com where you can get my FREE Dry Mouth eBook and other helpful materials.


👉👉Let me know it the comments if you take medications that are causing your dry mouth. And don’t forget to like this video and share it with anyone you think can benefit from it.


For more information

Start with the Free Dry Mouth eBook and Dry Mouth Worksheets: 👉👉👉https://aniaglin.clickfunnels.com/lead-magnet4e6r82bjl4d3bmbklwgdltjqymqusdfs

Join the Dry Mouth Community on Facebook: 👉👉👉https://www.facebook.com/groups/1096621073841219/

Video on the “7 Best Dry Mouth Remedies”👉👉👉: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=F3zxlnzrKIM&t=109s

Best Wishes,

Dr. Anna Glinianska

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.


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