Jul 17, 2003
Please advise on what to do regarding extrememy dry mouth. I was diagnosed with AIDS almost five years ago and have lost the ability to produce any saliva. Needless to say, this make swalloing uncomfortable. Currently I am taking Kaletra, Ziagen and Viread, in addition to Lexapro, Risperdal, Neurontin and Lithium for bipolar disorder. Thanks for any insight you can provde.
PS - What about the drug salagen?
Response from Dr. Henry
Parotid (salivary) gland dysfunction can be seen in HIV+ persons (sometime called sicca syndrome). Certain drugs have anticholinergic properties which can also dry the mouth up. Lexapro, Resperdal, and lithium all can cause dry mouth. Salagen can be helpful for dry mouth in some settings. KH
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