Zyrtec and Dry Mouth
If you are using Zyrtec and dry mouth develops, you can try sipping water or sugarless drinks often, using a humidifier at night, or chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva. If dry mouth with Zyrtec continues to be a problem, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she may recommend artificial saliva, among other treatment options.
Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects with Zyrtec® (cetirizine hydrochloride). Up to 5 percent of people taking the drug experience a dry mouth. In clinical studies, dry mouth appeared to be more common in adults than in children.
If you are taking Zyrtec and dry mouth occurs, there are some things you can do that may provide relief. Some of these suggestions include the following:
- Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
- Sip water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol; they can dry out the mouth.
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Be aware of spicy or salty foods because 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.
If you experience dry mouth while taking Zyrtec and the suggestions in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend other treatment options, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on how severe your dry mouth is, your healthcare provider may recommend that you adjust your Zyrtec dosage or try another allergy medicine.