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Side effects are possible with amiloride, and dry mouth appears to be one of them. In clinical trials, dry mouth occurred in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. Sipping water often, using a humidifier at night, and avoiding tobacco are some of the things that may improve symptoms. However, if you continue to experience a dry mouth with amiloride, talk to your healthcare provider.

Amiloride and Dry Mouth: An Overview

In clinical studies, dry mouth was a possible side effect of amiloride hydrochloride (Midamor®). Dry mouth occurred in less than 1 percent of people taking it, although the exact percentage of people who developed this side effect was not reported.

Amiloride and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

If you are taking amiloride and dry mouth occurs, there are some things that you can do that may provide relief. Some of these suggestions include:
  • 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. They dry out the mouth.
  • Use a humidifier at night.
  • Be aware of spicy or salty foods. These 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.

Amiloride and Dry Mouth: Final Thoughts

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