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Old 11-25-2004, 01:39 PM   #1
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Dry Mouth - Dry Lips

Over the past few wesks I've developed a really dry mouth, while it has at times also felt like my throat was dry, it's mainly the lips and inside my front gum area. It is driving me mad.

I know it can be drug induced, and it first came on a few days after I took erythomicin for an infection a few weeks ago. But the dry mouth has not gone away. Only other drug I take regularly is simvastatin for my cholesterol. However I've been taking that for a year now.

I do take effamol (omega 3 and evening primrose oil) and garlic. But been taking them for 3 years now.

I was also diagnosed this Monday with Silent Reflux. I did mention the dry mouth to the Dr, but she didn't seem concerned at all. Just came up with the reflux diagnosis.

I wondered if anyone else suffers from it, as menopause does so many weird and wonderful things to us, felt it was worth a try asking you wonderful group of women.


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Old 11-25-2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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Re: Dry Mouth - Dry Lips

Ive had a horribly dry mouth, off and on, sometimes worse than other times, for almost a year now....I wasnt taking any medication and I could not figure out what it was from..I thought, maybe Im not drinking enough fluids..Then I read on the boards that a number of people mentioned it as a peri menopausal symptom, so Im thinking it probably has to do with that, as I have alot of other symptoms also...

Old 11-25-2004, 06:41 PM   #3
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Thanks Nance, you're a legend! I've been trying to work out what it is as well, just back from the pharmacist seeing if my simvastatin would do that and he said no.

Still could be an interaction between that and the antibiotics, but is nearly 3 weeks since I stopped taking them, so you'd think would be cleared up by now. I've been reading up on silent relfux, but no mention of dry mouth and throat as a symptom. So I suddenly thought maybe perimenopause??!!

Have you found anything to alleviate it when it happens? I find if I keep lipstick on, my lips aren't so bad. But the inside of mouth and throat annoy me immensely.

Thanks again


Old 11-26-2004, 09:51 AM   #4
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Re: Dry Mouth - Dry Lips

Hi Jude:
When I notice my mouth is real dry, I keep trying to drink more water..Sometimes it helps, sometimes not...For the lips, it seems to feel better when I use alot of chapstick! lol
Hoping it will stop soon.....Take Care

Old 11-26-2004, 12:39 PM   #5
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Re: Dry Mouth - Dry Lips

Did you switch toothpaste or lipstick? Maybe allergic reaction or just sensitive to them.
I know that some women get dry-eye syndrome or Sjögren's Syndrome with dry mouth...did your doc mention anything like that...these are auto-immune diseases that are quite common.
It may just be stress and the time of year where everything (skin, hair, etc.) gets drier.
Of course, peri is certainly a possible...heck if you can get dry vaginally, why not other places that have membranes.
Good luck to you.

Old 11-27-2004, 09:39 AM   #6
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Re: Dry Mouth - Dry Lips

Hi Jude,
I have had really bad dry mouth last year. It was so dry that it was hard to breath and swallow. A horrible feeling! I did test positive for Sjorden's too b/c at that time, I had severe dry eyes too. The Rheumy dr. didn't think I had Sjorden's b/c my mouth wasn't dry at the time he saw me, and I had no inflammation in my joints (no signs of Rheumtoid Arthritis) - he just thought I had dry eyes. My Edno dr. thought I did but I think it's b/c he was the one who gave me the blood test. The Rheumy dr. ended up being right!

I was popping sinus meds, OTC pain relievers at the time too - mainly b/c of these weird headaches I was having. I was also taking Ativan (anxiety med) and was put on Wellbutrin - guess all could've made my mouth dry but I think it was just another symptom I was having. IMO, if your meds didn't give you dry mouth before, it could just be dry mouth - another peri-meno symptom!

Aside from taking sips of water, here are some things I used to help relieve the dry mouth (all OTC, can get from drug store). You have to try to keep your mouth moist otherwise you end up getting dental problems too.

- Stoppers (dry mouth spray)
- Biotene Oral Balance (mouth moisturizing gel - artifical saliva)
- Biotene (antibacterial dry mouth toothpaste)
- Biotene Gum


Old 12-01-2004, 07:33 PM   #7
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Re: Dry Mouth - Dry Lips

I've got terrible dry mouth, but it only really bothers me right before my period, and during. I'm on the final stretch of menopause, and I hate the symptoms, ugh.

Old 12-01-2004, 11:47 PM   #8
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Good grief... my mouth gets annoyingly dry at night too. Sometimes it wakes me up coughing cuz it's so dry. I'll have to pay more attention if it's near my period, or when I'm supposed to have my period.


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