Adalat and Dry Mouth

There are several possible side effects of Adalat CC, and dry mouth appears to be one of them. In clinical studies, less than 1 percent of people taking Adalat CC developed a dry mouth. If you are taking Adalat CC and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are some things you can try, such as sipping water or sugarless drinks often, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and using a humidifier at night.

Adalat and Dry Mouth: An Overview

A dry mouth is one of the possible side effects of Adalat CC® (nifedipine). In studies, less than 1 percent of people taking Adalat CC reported experiencing a dry mouth.

Adalat and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

For people taking Adalat CC, there are some things that you can do to help with a dry mouth. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
  • Avoiding drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Avoiding tobacco or alcohol; they dry out the mouth.
  • Using a humidifier at night.
  • Being aware of spicy or salty foods. These may cause pain in a dry mouth.
  • Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless, hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.

Adalat and Dry Mouth: Summary

If you develop a dry mouth while taking Adalat CC and the suggestions above do not help, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on the severity of your dry mouth, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Adalat CC dosage or try another high blood pressure medicine.
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