Dry Mouth as a Side Effect

Filed Under: Side Effects of ADHD Meds, ADHD Stimulant Medications

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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
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