The drug Navane (also known as thiothixene) is used to treat schizophrenia. Navane (thiothixene) is an antipsychotic drug that works by controlling the amount of dopamine in the brain. It’s believed that higher-than-normal levels of dopamine cause schizophrenia in certain people. Navane is available in both pill and liquid form and has to be taken every day in order to control schizophrenia. Navane (thiothixene) can actually have several severe side effects, so if you’re taking Navane (thiothixene), you should monitor your health closely and report any side effects to your doctor immediately. Side effects can include blurred vision, low blood pressure, fainting, insomnia, high blood pressure and dry mouth or cotton mouth (also known as Xerostomia). Dry mouth or cotton mouth (Xerostomia) is one of the side effects commonly reported, and although it doesn’t sound bad, dry mouth/cotton mouth can cause other health problems if not treated.
If dry mouth or cotton mouth (Xerostomia) becomes a problem while you’re taking Navane (thiothixene), there are several remedies you can try at home to solve your dry mouth problem. First of all, make sure you are not drinking too many caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea, which can make your dry mouth worse. Instead, drink a lot of water or fruit juices to keep your mouth moist. Secondly, if you are a smoker, try to cut down or even better quit completely. Smoking makes your mouth dry so taking Navane (thiothixene) and still continuing to smoke could cause you a great deal of discomfort. In the long term, this can also lead to mouth sores, bleeding gums and other oral complications.
Other things you can try to help treat your dry mouth is sucking hard candy or nibbling on fruit such as watermelon, pomegranate or apples for snacks. These fruits have high water contents and will help maintain the moisture in your mouth. You can also buy over-the-counter medicines or get doctor-prescribed saliva replacement medications that will usually solve your dry mouth (Xerostomia) problem.
If you try one or more of these cotton mouth (Xerostomia) treatments and find they are not working for you, it’s also possible that your doctor may be able to lessen your dose of Navane (thiothixene). A lower dose may decrease your dry mouth problems. In some rare cases, your doctor may also decide to switch you to a new antipsychotic medication if he thinks the Navane (thiothixene) is causing too many problems. This is why it’s so important to carefully monitor your health and report any side effects such as Xerostomia to your doctor immediately.
The most important thing to remember when taking Navane (thiothixene) is that side effects like cotton mouth/dry mouth (Xerostomia) can be controlled and, in some cases, solved. So don’t get too discouraged about a dry mouth problem. Your doctor can probably help.