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Old 07-08-05, 06:03 PM
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Ritalin and dry mouth

Does anyone else experience dry mouth from Ritalin? I have to chew gum or suck on hard candy.
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Most of us don't drink enough water through the day.
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Yep, Ritalin = Dry mouth

That's soemthing I've always had to deal with.
Try drinking some gatorade now and then. That helps...but you will still feel the need to chew gum or something.
It's like Ritalin leaves a metal coating on my tongue.
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Ritalin, Zoloft, Lexapro, they all caused me to have dry mouth. 5 waterbottles durring work, still didn't help. chewing gum made it worse, candy gave me that nasty feeling on my tounge... I love ice pops, they really help, or poweraide helps too. something to do with electrolites in what you're drinking...
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I've posted on this previously.
It happens to most of us, and continues to happen, to me.
It's just a side effect, that I have gotten used to, in taking Adderall. It doesn't get better. You just stop noticing it so much.

A moderator on here (Eyeforgot) told me to learn to squeeze my tongue between my teeth (gently, but firmly) to allow for saliva formation. It works.

Electrolytes don't help with dry mouth, as far as I'm concerned. They do help with lack of potassium, which happens when you are dehydrated. It also helps with leg, foot, hand cramps, which are also caused by dehydration. I found that the natural herbal remedy, which contains quinine, helps with cramps, tremendously.

All you can continue to do is keep drinking water. It's good for you, to do so, anyways. It'll keep your cells plump and healthy, period.

Or chew sugarless gum or candy, if water is not an option, at the time. But don't stop drinking water.
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I had the side effect when I first started taking this med, but is subsided. It only returns sometimes when I don't take it for a long time.
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Water is the easiest, most effective and most healthy remedy for dry mouth associated with medication usage!

So drink water! Easy!
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Ack, all the admonitions to drink more water don't help those of us who're already downing more than we should ...
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