Dry mouth after taking OTC cold medicine. This is my first time posting, so hope this gets to the right place. After taking a cold medicine for a month, I developed dry mouth. Never had dry mouth till then, and now I realize I shouldn't have taken the cold medicine for a month.. I tried almost all the posts for potential aid for dry mouth on Earth Clinic, but so far none have worked for me, although many aid suggestions for other ailments I have gotten from Earth Clinic have greatly helped me, which I am very thankful for! . Then as I did more research, I came across a website that stated that one of the benefits of wormwood supplement (not plant food) helped with sweating production. I rarely sweat, except my face.
The thought came to me if that supplement helps with sweat production, maybe it can aid in saliva moisture production. I purchased a bottle of liquid wormwood and it helped immediately that night. I've been taking it for a couple of weeks now. When I don't take it, I have dry mouth again. I'm hoping eventually the dry mouth will be gone without having to continue taking a supplement. What I purchased is “Green” Black Walnut Wormwood Complex” by NOW. I take 1 or 2 drops when I nap in the afternoon and the same before going to bed at night. It works every time I take it.
Flaxseed oil is amazing for dry mouth & dry eyes - I noticed a difference within just a few days - I highly recommend this remedy if you are suffering from these issues like I was.
Now that we are in winter, I thought it would be a good time to link to an article that I posted for a simple home made spray for dry eyes, dry skin, chapped lips, floaters and dry mouth :
The terrible thing about baking soda is if you are not careful it will deplete you of potassium and you can end up in ER.
SEA BUCKTHORN CAPSULS, It is a very good remedy for dry mucos membranes.
Chewing on fennel seeds is very helpful for dry mouth. They are tasty too.
Fresh oranges, peaches, mango, or pineapple might work, too. When I drink clove/nutmeg tea it makes my mouth dry. Water doesn't help but orange juice does.
Once again, a huge thank you to Earth Clinic and it's amazing community of contributors! Lately, I've found myself waking up in the morning with a dry mouth that seems to persist throughout much of the day. I think it's from drinking coffee - I only ever have one cup first thing in the morning but it seems to wreak havoc on my mouth! This is probably liver related and I try to abstain from drinking it but if I often can't help myself, and then, sure enough, I seem to wake the following day with dry, garbage mouth. Today was particularly bad so I consulted my favourite website in the world (dun dun dun Earth Clinic! ) and found that some dry mouthers like myself have had success with cayenne pepper. Sure enough, I just mixed about a teaspoon in a small cup of water and swished it around my mouth and swallowed and I immediately feel heaps better. I'm definitely going to continue this for several days and see if I can knock it completely whilst still being able to enjoy my morning cup of joe! With gratitude, Kate
I would suggest you detox your body by taking Chorella and Bentonite Clay. Eat no carbs for a week, no flour, just greens including sprouts. No sugar. A little chicken and no red meat. I did this a time back to clear a spot I had on my lungs. Good luck.
What is the K? I have bad dry mouth. Is it potassium or K?
Dry Mouth Remedies
I add the sea salt to my oatmeal... is that the same?
Hi MtM, Ginger is great for chai. In the cold season, we Indians make chai with a thumbnail-sized piece of crushed ginger. This is put into the water that is boiled for the tea and can be strained after steeping. Make sure to add milk either with the water or after straining the ginger, otherwise it will curdle the milk. I boil water and milk together with the crushed ginger.
I've found that candied ginger can be used to make ginger chai when fresh crushed ginger may not be available. In a cup of hot water add a piece of candied ginger ( I get mine from Trader Joe's) and let it steep. You can also steep a tea bag - black, green, rooibus or herbal - along with it. It's delicious and can ward off any germs while traveling in a closed space such as an air plane.
Thanks for all your helpful tips over the years! God bless.
I saw some fresh ginger at the grocery store today and picked some up. I used a thumb sized amount to make some tea. I sliced it up and added hot water and honey. After enjoying the tea I have been munching on the fresh ginger. It is very spicy! And wow, does it promote salivation. I suspect this would be quite helpful for those who suffer from dry mouth!
I have been suffering with dry mouth for a while. It has probably been due to hormones. I'm post menopause. Well I came to this trusty website and thought about everything said. The thing about the toothpaste was worth a try. I changed last night from a sensitive tooth paste to a toothpaste with the first ingredient is Glycerin. I also took a potassium supplement. Happy to say I slept so much better. These really helped. I will continue this.
Well, I've had these symptoms for years, including dry eyes. Look up Sjogron's syndrome-unfortunately this might also be your problem. To help-look up coconut oil - it's done wonders for my dry skin, still working with it for the mouth...I'm thinking of trying"pulling" for it as eating coconut oil at night seems to really help with moisture. Good luck to you.
Forgot to say- definitely do something for the dry mouth- it can cause serious dental problems!!!!! Also I have dry nose-coconut oil there too-
Diffuser With Eucalyptus Oil
I was waking with a dry mouth for about 3 weeks. It was so bad I was getting up at 3am. Waking several times in the night to drink water too.
I bought a diffuser/humidifier - one of the small, cold humidifiers. They don't heat the water. I really have no idea how they work - it's magic :) It sits on my bedside table.
I no longer have a dry mouth problem. It only uses a small amount of water, to which I add a few drops of eucaluptus oil and I find it keeps my nasal passages open. I think the problem was my nose was closing up at night causing me to breathe through my mouth and drying it out.
Hope this is of some help. :)
Brushing With Glycerin
I tried brushing my teeth with organic vegetable glycerin before going to bed and it did help dry mouth a lot. However, it also helped to simply add about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of the glycerin to 2 cotton balls that I put on one side of my mouth by the molars. No, I never choke at all from the cotton balls. It seems we have an instinct to protect us from such a happening, even when we sleep. If you get really desperate also try taping your lips shut before you go to bed, too. You can use a band aid (I like Tough Strips) going in one diagonal direction so that the sticky stuff isn't pulling on your fragile lips, and a piece of Nexcare paper tape going in the other diagonal direction over that. Keeping the mouth shut at night does help with dry mouth.
Brushing With Glycerin
I have been having dry mouth while sleeping for about the past three years and it has been slowly worsening over the three year period. Lately it was almost as though my mouth was glued shut when I would wake up during the night and it would hurt to open it.
I've tried several natural treatments such as coconut oil, vitamin e, vitamin d, increased water intake throughout the day, fish oil at high dosage, krill oil, black currant oil, diatomaceous earth, different toothpaste, vitamin c, potassium citrate, different types of magnesium including topical magnesium chloride, b vitamins, mineral supplements, hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes to name several.
I had recently purchased a 16 ounce bottle of food grade vegetable glycerin for another purpose, but decided to try using it while brushing my teeth. I think some toothpastes have glycerin in it already, but in relatively small amounts. Biotene, a popular mouth rinse used for dry mouth, has glycerin listed as the second ingredient after purified water.
I brush my teeth as usual and before I rinse my mouth, I put as much glycerin as will stay on my toothbrush and brush a little more being sure to brush my gums and tongue also. I try to be as generous as possible with the glycerin and will usually reload my brush a second time and then rinse my mouth when done brushing.
Anyway, it adds about a minute to my total brushing time and the bottom line is that my night time dry mouth is hugely improved and seems to be continuing to get better, currently being close to what I remember as normal. I noticed a definite benefit after a week although there may have been improvement before then, but I may not have associated the benefit to the glycerin right away as I wasn't paying that close attention. The glycerin seems to be effective for me at full strength. I will probably add peppermint and or spearmint essential oil if I need to continue using the glycerine to maintain the effect and add additional antibacterial effect. Glycerine has a very sweet taste by itself. I also put glycerin on my lips before bed and it has eliminated the 24/7 dry lips that I used to have. I have also used it straight as a mouth rinse followed by a water rinse.
I paid $5.84 for a 16 oz. bottle of "Now Vegetable Glycerine" that is "Food Grade Glycerin" and is easily available from multiple on line supplement suppliers as well as local vitamin stores. I'm sure any brand "food grade glycerin" will work for me if it is full strength.
Check with your doctor first to see if food grade glycerin is something that you can try for night time dry mouth.
Dry Mouth Causes
Dry mouth can be caused by several issues. One very large factor is many medications can cause from mild to very severe dry mouth. Another thing that has an enormous effect for dry mouth, feet, hands, skin, or any area of the body is hormonal changes. This can mean anything from having a baby to getting older and going through the change of life and that would be for both men and women, men look up andropause, these hormonal changes have a dramatic effect on our water content in our skin, nails, hair, etc. One last thing to mention is to make sure that the gut is balanced properly. The intestines are where the majority of our balance for health is maintained. Anytime there is something with the body out of balance this is a very good give beginning point to look. Balancing this hugely important but often overlooked area of the body can assist dry mouth along with any other remedies.
Have you had your thyroid checked? When mine went bad my hair was breaking off and my skin, mouth, and eyes were dry.
Dry Mouth Remedies
Keeping in mind that when I last visited my internist, I mentioned that for the last 4 days or so, I wake-up with a very dry mouth. I mentioned to him that I presently have a cold with a back-drip; he advised me to sleep with my head raised. The next morning, I no longer had a dry mouth!
Dry Mouth Remedies
Other options besides biotene... that's full of CHEMICALS. THKS
Dry mouth is much better now with chipmunk style org. fennel seeds. I just tuck 5-10 seeds above teeth and now, ta-da, I salivate at night. I feel increasing my mineral intake helps too. Also, drinking plenty of water...and when I don't remember, I drink 3 glasses at bedtime.
I'm also making my own tooth paste from coconut oil, baking soda, EO, xylitol and just looked up DIY mouthwash after reading your post.
I have lots of essential oils (EO) including Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint, Myrrh and Clove which I'll use (2 drops of ea). Based on the recipes I found, I'll add a good mineral salt, xylitol, citric acid and distilled water. Maybe some colloidal silver, too.
You could buy a few oils (they'll last a long time) or a bottle of thieves or good Samaritan oils and DIY. But beware! DIY is addicting. Fun. Cheap. Just be careful to use clean jars and the natural preservatives.
What toothpaste did you change to? Sensory new makes my mouth dry too.
Try a product called XyliMelts (40 tablets for about $10 OTC at a pharmacy). They adhere to the mouth and last a long time for dry mouth. They release 500mg of Xylitol, which may help prevent cavities which can be a consequence of dry mouth. They are not a cure but may provide some relief until you find one. Recommended by people with Sjoren's syndrome. Best wishes.
Me too. Feel dry. But mouth thing is new... Aging and hormones perhaps? I'll try the coconut oil and potassium. Let me know how you have fared.
Just got this dry mouth thing. Omg-it sucks. Am getting to menopausal years so hormones maybe. Will not do medication. Excited to try potassium. A deficiency in something perhaps. Or just age. Yuck.
I posted this Raw Sauerkraut remedy in the Thrush section, then I realized I should post it here too. Thrush and dry mouth go hand in hand. Having a dry mouth definitely sets up a bad environment for candida to fester. I've only been eating Raw Sauerkraut for a very short period of time - less than 2 weeks - and already my thrush is gone and I realized, so is that dry mouth feeling! Incredible!
Cayenne pepper has been the best remedy for my dry mouth. I read this stimulates saliva, and it does! .. I'm now able to sleep and rest. Thank you Earth Clinic for caring enough to post good remedies.
Potassium, Vitamin E
Dry Mouth: I just want to say I came across this website and it is a blessing... I have tried both potassium and vitamin e. About 5 hours later I started feeling the difference. I would have sleepless nights and anxiety and beginning with depression. My tongue is feeling much better I am salivating again.. You don't know how this is changing my life.. I am getting my life back..
I will add that you should rinse your mouth well with warm water after oil pulling. It can pull out bacteria that is seated between your teeth and gums. You don't want to swallow any of this or leave any behind.
I do like the idea of adding the probiotic!
Oil pulling definitely helps, I use any oil available including olive. After swishing around for 10-15 minutes, spit it out then open one capsule of raw probiotics ( I use vaginal care) pop it in your mouth, let it melt. oil pulling helps to get rid of toxins, probiotics repopulate good bacteria.