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Ellen52 12-13-2007 08:50 AM

Burning Mouth Syndrome
I am a 52 year old woman who recently staring having a burning sensation in my mouth. I went through several physicians and ended up with a ear, nose and throat doctor. He put me on zinc, vitamin c and iron supplements (we did find I was a little low on Vitamin C). Because I wasn't sleeping and couldn't concentrate he put me on Ativan 2 mg every 8 hours or as needed. I split the pills in half and usually take one about noon and before bed. I just read how addictive Ativan is and am concerned about that. Yet what choice do I have the burning makes seems to take all my energy away. By the end of the day I feel drained, depressed and tired. Then I have trouble sleeping. Does any one else have this problem?

Thanks-Worried in Michigan

singer78 12-13-2007 05:54 PM

Re: Burning Mouth Syndrome
I, too, had burning mouth syndrome a few years back (going through "the change")
and did my own research.
The one drug recommended for it, is klonopin. The generic version is "clonazepam."
I've been on it, off & on..
It's a long-acting 'form' of xanax....a benzodiazipine. (sp?)
Anyway, I think a small amount, morning and night, might help.
Do a little research online & put in the words, "burning mouth syndrome and klonopin" and you'll see what I mean. It's the drug of choice for that particular problem.
I'm taking it for entirely different reasons now, but it's wonderful for that weird burning thing, some women seem to experience.
Hope I helped.
Let me know how you're doing.

rzdave 12-15-2007 12:31 PM

Re: Burning Mouth Syndrome
45 year old male. My burning mouth started exactly 4 weeks ago. I have been under great stress in my business. Tongue started burning at the tip. Has spread to entire tongue.

Only thing that helps relieve feelings is xanax. I take one in the morning .25 mg and it helps through the day but at night feeling returns. I will probably add another dose of xanax in the evening. No problems at sleep, except very very dry mouth. I am snoring more than ever and have severe allergies that keep my nosed stuffed up. I live in Florida where allergens are always in the air.

Ideas anyone?

singer78 12-15-2007 02:39 PM

Re: Burning Mouth Syndrome
I'm a firm believer it's "stress" that causes it, plus maybe hormonal changes in one's body--men have hormonal issues, too.

I'd ask your doc about the klonopin, since the xanax is working, somewhat. It's much like xanax, but lasts longer in your body. I take .25 up to .5 in the morning & at bedtime. Without it, I have tongue/burning issues in my mouth. It all started with some major stress I had about 6 years ago... I didn't receive relief, until I started clonazepam (generic klonopin...relatively cheap). I went off of it for a couple of years, until recently, when I had a major health issue arise. I'm back on it, and it's helped a great deal.

Good luck.

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