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Of the rarer side effects seen with Gabitril, dry mouth occurred in up to 1 percent of people taking the drug. To provide relief, you can try sipping water often, avoiding drinks with caffeine, and using a humidifier at night, among other things. If you continue to experience a dry mouth with Gabitril, talk to your healthcare provider about other options for reducing your symptoms.
Gabitril and Dry Mouth: An OverviewDry mouth is one of the possible rare side effects of Gabitril® (tiagabine hydrochloride). In clinical studies, between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people taking the drug experienced dry mouth.
Gabitril and Dry Mouth: RecommendationsIf you are noticing a dry mouth that is possibly due to Gabitril, there are some things that you can do to help. Some of these suggestions include the following:
- 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.
- Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
- 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.
- Don't use tobacco or alcohol, because they dry out the mouth.
- Use a humidifier at night.