Asendin (amoxapine) is prescribed to treat a variety of conditions including depression and anxiety. It may also be prescribed to prevent migraine headaches. One side effect of this prescription drug is cotton mouth, or Xerostomia.
Administering of Asendin (amoxapine)
Patients may be given one dose a day or, when a stronger dosage is required, the doses may be divided into smaller amounts and taken throughout the day. When taking one dosage, the patient may take it before bed. Taking this prescription drug before bed may help reduce the discomfort caused by certain side effects, includingXerostomia (cotton mouth).
Amoxapine is a tricyclic antidepressant. Tricyclic antidepressants were some of the earliest antidepressants available to the public. They were the most popular between the 1960s and the 1980s. The family ofTricyclic antidepressants, which includes Amoxapine, affect more types of cells than more modern antidepressants. Because of this, they have more side effects than other antidepressants available today. (Mayo Clinic)
One of the side effects caused by Tricyclic antidepressants including Asendin (amoxapine) is dry mouth, or Xerostomia. Asedin, generic name, amoxapine, is an anticholinergic drug. The Xerostomia (cotton mouth) is a typical side effect that is associated with anticholinergic drugs.
Approximately 14 percent of uses will experience both drowsiness and Xerostomia. (RxList)
In addition to Xerostomia, a patient may experience nausea, headaches, constipation or insomnia.
The good news is that the dry mouth feeling should go away within a few weeks. Also, because Asendin (amoxapine) has been around for so long, doctors are familiar with the side effects of the drug.
Effects of Xerostomia
Xerostomia does not just cause an uncomfortable cotton mouth or pasty mouth sensation. It can also increase the chances of tooth decay.
Patients taking one dose of Asendin (amoxapine) before bed may find that using a humidifier can help relieve some of the discomfort caused by the cotton mouth feeling. A warm mist or cool mist humidifier can add moisture to the room.
Reducing intake of salty foods can also help you from exacerbating the cotton mouth caused by this prescription drug.
Spicy foods should also be avoided for the same reason.
Brushing teeth with a toothpaste intended to help with dry mouth may also alleviate cotton mouth. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about possible interactions with any over-the-counter product before using it, when you have been prescribed Asendin (amoxapine).
During the day, sucking on a sugar-free candy may help alleviate temporary discomfort of Xerostomia.
If the Xerostomia ever becomes so painful or uncomfortable that eating and drinking are increasingly difficult, call your doctor.
Disclaimer: The author is not a medical professional. This guide is intended for informational purposes only. Be sure to consult your physician for any medical concerns and advice.
Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antidepressants/MH00071