Loxitane and Dry Mouth

Side effects are possible with Loxitane, and dry mouth has been reported. However, there are a number of things you can do to minimize this side effect, such as using a humidifier at night and sipping water or sugarless drinks often. If you are taking Loxitane and dry mouth continues to be a problem, your healthcare provider may adjust your dosage or prescribe a different medication.

Does Loxitane Cause a Dry Mouth?

Loxitane® (loxapine) is a prescription medicine used to treat schizophrenia. It is part of a group of medications called typical or first-generation antipsychotics. One of the possible Loxitane side effects is a dry mouth (although the exact percentage of people who experienced dry mouth in clinical studies was not reported).

Loxitane and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

If you are taking Loxitane and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are a number of things that you can do. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Use a humidifier at night.
  • Be aware that spicy or salty foods 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.
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
  • Avoid tobacco or alcohol. They dry out the mouth.
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.

Loxitane and Dry Mouth: Final Thoughts

If you have a dry mouth while taking Loxitane and the suggestions in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend other treatments, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on how severe your dry mouth is, he or she may recommend that you adjust your Loxitane dosage or try another schizophrenia medication.
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