Clarinex-D and Dry Mouth

Occurring in up to 8 percent of people who take Clarinex-D, dry mouth is one of the medication's most common side effects. Ways to help alleviate this include using a humidifier at night and sipping water or sugarless drinks frequently. If you try these suggestions while taking Clarinex-D and dry mouth persists, talk with your doctor. He or she may prescribe another medication.

Clarinex-D and Dry Mouth: An Overview

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects with Clarinex-D® (desloratadine and pseudoephedrine). Up to 8 percent of people taking either Clarinex-D 12 Hour® or Clarinex-D 24 Hour® experienced a dry mouth.

Clarinex-D and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

There are some things that people taking Clarinex-D can do to help relieve a dry mouth. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
  • Avoiding drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Avoiding tobacco or alcohol. They dry out the mouth as well.
  • Using a humidifier at night.
  • Being aware of spicy or salty foods that may cause pain in a dry mouth.
  • Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices.

Clarinex-D and Dry Mouth: Final Thoughts

If you have a dry mouth while taking Clarinex-D and the suggestions above do not help, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatments, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on how severe your dry mouth is, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Clarinex-D dosage or try another allergy medicine.
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