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For people who take Zyrtec-D, dry mouth is one of the drug's most common side effects. Suggestions that may provide relief include sipping water or sugarless drinks often, using a humidifier at night, and avoiding tobacco. If you continue to experience dry mouth with Zyrtec, ask your healthcare provider about other treatment options.
Zyrtec-D and Dry Mouth: An OverviewDry mouth is a common side effect of Zyrtec-D® (cetirizine and pseudoephedrine). In clinical studies, up to 3.6 percent of people taking the drug experienced a dry mouth, compared to less than 1 percent of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient).
Zyrtec-D and Dry Mouth: RecommendationsIf you are taking Zyrtec and dry mouth occurs, there are some things that may provide relief. Some of these suggestions include the following:
- Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
- Sip water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier, as well as improve the taste of food.
- Avoid tobacco or alcohol because they can dry out the mouth.
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Be aware of spicy or salty foods; they may cause pain in a dry mouth.
- Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.