You wake up in the morning and your mouth feels like you’ve been chewing on cotton all night and you can’t generate a modicum of moisture. This isn’t normal for you. You don’t have a problem with “dry mouth” in the morning.
Just as you are ready to go look “dry mouth” up on the internet, you remember that the doctor changed your blood pressure medication two days ago. Could that have anything to do with it? It sure could, especially if that medication is Hydrodiuril, generic name hydrochlorothiazide.
Hydrodiuril is a blood pressure medication yes, but is a certain type of blood pressure known as a diuretic.
A diuretic prevents your kidneys from holding water aimed at preventing sodium retention which raises blood pressure. However, if you don’t replace that fluid you can get dry mouth, technical term Xerostomia, not to mention serious dizziness because your blood volume goes too low.
Of course if your body is shooting fluid out of your body as soon as you make it you’re going to have at least a dry mouth.
In 1988 I was in the hospital with a circulatory problem. My doctor released me on hydrochlorothiazide. Most of the time I was in bed recovering but I failed to keep my fluid level up. I certainly noticed a cotton mouth all the time. Finally I got up and immediately passed out.
I awoke to find an ambulance paramedic working over me. I had just fainted because I didn’t have enough water. The hydrochlorothiazide had done its job but I hadn’t done mine. The treatment was merely an intravenous “fluid feeding.”
Diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide are a type of medication that must be closely monitored. Xerostomia is a minor symptom but it can signal the fact that your body system is near trouble.
Many times doctors will change blood pressure medications and the patient will not think beyond the fact that it is for keeping their blood pressure under control. They don’t consider how it is keeping their blood pressure under control.
As far as Xerostomia, excellent treatments for that include ice chips and sugarless gum.
Blood pressure medications work different ways to lower the blood pressure. When taking a diuretic it cannot be stressed enough that fluid intake is mandatory.
When starting a drug like hydrochlorothiazide, it is always a good idea to check with your pharmacist to get additional information. A great habit to get into is to post your medication instructions somewhere like the refrigerator and then tell someone like a close friend or relative that you’ve started the medication. This gives you some added safety.