Metolazone and Dry Mouth

Side effects may occur with the use of metolazone, and dry mouth is one of them. You may obtain relief by avoiding drinks with caffeine, sipping water or sugarless drinks often, and chewing sugarless gum. If you continue to experience dry mouth with metolazone, let your healthcare provider know so that he or she can recommend other treatments, such as artificial saliva.

Metolazone and Dry Mouth: An Overview

A dry mouth is a common side effect of many diuretics, including metolazone (Zaroxolyn®). In clinical studies, dry mouth was a possible side effect of metolazone, although the exact percentage was not reported.

Metolazone and Dry Mouth: Suggestions

If you are taking metolazone and dry mouth occurs, there are some things that you can do that may provide relief. 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.

Metolazone and Dry Mouth: Final Thoughts

If you experience a dry mouth while taking metolazone and the suggestions in this article do not help, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend other treatment options, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on the severity of your dry mouth, your healthcare provider may recommend that you adjust your metolazone dosage or try another diuretic or blood pressure medicine.
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