Carbatrol and Dry Mouth

Although it is not a commonly reported side effect with Carbatrol, dry mouth can occur during treatment. Things that may provide relief include sipping water or sugarless drinks often, avoiding drinks with caffeine, and using a humidifier at night. If you continue to experience dry mouth with Carbatrol, your healthcare provider may recommend artificial saliva or adjust your dosage.

Carbatrol and Dry Mouth: An Overview

A dry mouth is one of the possible side effects of Carbatrol® (carbamazepine). However, a dry mouth is not among the most commonly reported Carbatrol side effects, and the exact percentage of people who developed a dry mouth when taking the drug was not reported.

Carbatrol and Dry Mouth: Suggestions

If you are taking Carbatrol and dry mouth occurs, there are a few things that you can do that may provide relief. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks 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 some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Avoid tobacco or alcohol, because they dry out the mouth.
  • Use a humidifier at night.
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Be aware of spicy or salty foods, because they may cause pain in a dry mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.

Carbatrol and Dry Mouth: Final Thoughts

If you develop a dry mouth while taking Carbatrol and the suggestions in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatment options, such as artificial saliva products. Also, depending on the severity of your dry mouth, he or she may recommend that you adjust your Carbatrol dosage or try another medication for trigeminal neuralgia or epilepsy.
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