Doxepin, sold under the trade name Sinequan, is a tri-cyclic drug used to treat depression. One of the common side effects of this class of drugs is Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth or cotton mouth. Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth) is a condition in which a person’s mouth produces little or no saliva. The immediate effects of an absence or reduction of saliva in dry mouth sufferers are difficulty swallowing, eating and talking. Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth) may also interfere with denture wear.
Sinequan (doxepin) users are also at risk of long term consequences of Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth). One of the natural function of saliva is washing away of harmful bacteria. Sinequan (doxepin) users with Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth) are candidates for gum disease, tooth decay and other infections caused by bacteria in the mouth.
How Does a Sinequan (Doxepin) User Identify Xerostomia (Dry Mouth, Cotton Mouth)?
Identifying dry mouth can be as obvious as feeling thirsty. Other conditions that indicate Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth) are sore or bleeding gums, a constant dry feeling, cracked lips, bad breath and excessive plaque buildup.
What Can a Sinequan (Doxepin) User Do to Alleviate Xerostomia (Dry Mouth, Cotton Mouth?)
When Sinequan (Doxepin) use is begun, dry mouth is a common side effect. Sometimes this side effect recedes as the user acclimates to the Sinequan. Other times dry mouth may be prolonged or may become severe.
Doctors are advised in medical literature that sometimes a reduction in the dosage of Sinequan (Doxepin) is necessary to successfully treat Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth). If a dosage reduction is not advisable or does not eliminate dry mouth symptoms, there are several steps a Sinequan (Doxepin) user can take to stimulate the salivary glands and avoid aggravating their dry mouth symptoms.
Simple, Lifestyle Changes for Treating Xerostomia (Dry Mouth, Cotton Mouth)
The most common treatment of Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth) is sipping water frequently throughout the day. This will restore some of the liquid lost due to decreased saliva production and provide some comfort.
Avoiding breathing through the mouth will help Sinequan (Doxepin) users to maintain the moisture in their mouths.
Using a humidifier at night will also help Sinequan (Doxepin) users suffering from Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth) by helping to keep their mouths moist and comfortable.
Toothpastes designed for people suffering from dry mouth, which are designed to reduce the bacteria in the mouth and minimize gum irritations, may provide some comfort while offering important health benefits to Sinequan (Doxepin) users with Xerostomia.
Treating Xerostomia (Dry Mouth, Cotton Mouth) by Stimulating the Salivary Glands
Xerostomia (cotton mouth, dry mouth) may be averted by stimulating the flow of saliva.
Chewing gum or sucking hard candy (of the sugarless variety) can help a Sinequan (Doxepin) user stimulate the salivary glands. Biotene makes a special dry-mouth gum that contains the same enzymes found in natural saliva.
When stimulating the salivary glands is insufficient to reduce the symptoms of dry mouth, artificial saliva may be helpful. Sold over the counter, this often-flavored product comes in multiple forms including sprays, swabs and solutions and mimics the effects of natural saliva. One benefit to Sinequan (Doxepin) users of artificial salvia products is that they are commonly enriched with fluoride or calcium to help protect teeth from the bacterial increase associated with natural saliva reduction.
Avoiding Aggravating the Symptoms of Xerostomia (Dry Mouth, Cotton Mouth)
While moisture preserving and enhancing techniques offer relief to Sinequan (Doxepin) users suffering from Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth), it is equally important to avoid substances that dry the mouth. For this reason, Xerostomia sufferers should avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks. Such drinks increase dryness rather than alleviate it.
Alcohol and tobacco products also cause dehydration and are best avoided by Sinequan (Doxepin) users with dry mouth.
Spicy foods and salty foods may cause discomfort when Xerostomia (dry mouth, cotton mouth) symptoms are present.