Maxzide and Dry Mouth

Side effects are possible with Maxzide, and dry mouth is one of these potential side effects. The exact percentage of people who experience this side effect, however, is not known. If you experience this particular side effect, you can try sipping water or sugarless drinks often and avoiding caffeine, among other things. If you continue to experience a dry mouth with Maxzide, your healthcare provider may recommend artificial saliva or a different medicine for your condition.

An Overview of Maxzide and Dry Mouth

In previous clinical studies, dry mouth was a possible side effect of Maxzide® (triamterene-HCTZ), though the exact percentage of people who developed dry mouth was not reported.
 

Recommendations for Maxzide and Dry Mouth

If you are taking Maxzide and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are some things that you can do. 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 and 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.
     

Final Thoughts on Maxzide and Dry Mouth

If you experience a dry mouth with Maxzide and the suggestions listed in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatments, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on how severe your dry mouth is, he or she may recommend that you adjust your Maxzide dosage or try a different diuretic or blood pressure medicine.
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