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