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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 OverviewA 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: SuggestionsIf 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.