Oct 28, 2005
I am suffering from a dry mouth for the past 2 weeks. I seroconverted mid July and have been on HAART since 8/30 consisting of Truvada and Reyataz with a Norvir bump. Since starting on HAART I was also on predinsone at 40 mg/day for HIV ITP. That was somewhat successuful but 3 wks ago they switched to Pulse Therapy using Decadron 40 mg/day for 4 days, then tapered me off with predinsone over the following 6 days.
I notice the dry mouth as soon as I went off the predinsone. I wonder if the condition is due removing me from predinsone so quickly having been on it since 8/30, or if it is related to my HAART regiment. I have no signs of Thrush.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Xerostomia (dry mouth) can be caused by a wide variety of drugs (especially water pills and drugs with anticholinergic effects) and medical conditions such as Sjogrens syndrome or parotid gland disorders. When a patients has several active medical problems and is on numerous medications it can be tough to pin down which if any drug is the main culprit. Most patients on your regimen don't complain of dry mouth but I have had several who experienced very annoying dry mouth. In those cases a decision has to be made about trying symptomatic treatment versus changing HIV drugs (the new drugs may have their own side effects!). KH
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