Dry Mouth as a Side Effect

Q:

"My stimulant gives me an extremely dry mouth, and I've had a lot of cavities in the years I've been taking it. Could these conditions be connected?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

A chronically dry mouth does increase the risk of dental problems, but dry mouth is a very unusual side effect of stimulant medications. If you're convinced that they're connected, ask your doctor about trying a different medication.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
 
 
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