Verelan and Dry Mouth

If you are taking Verelan and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are some things you can do to help relieve this problem. Some suggestions for dry mouth relief include sipping water or sugarless drinks often, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and using a humidifier at night. If these suggestions do not help, there are some things that your healthcare provider can recommend, such as artificial saliva or a different medication.

Verelan and Dry Mouth: An Overview

Dry mouth is one of the possible side effects of Verelan® (verapamil hydrochloride). In studies, less than 1 percent of people taking Verelan reported experiencing a dry mouth.
 

Verelan and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

For people taking Verelan, 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.
     

Verelan and Dry Mouth: Summary

If you develop a dry mouth while taking Verelan 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 Verelan dosage or try another high blood pressure medicine.
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