• DRY MOUTH

    Asked by xxx19xxx on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    DRY MOUTH

    HI BON........I FINISHED MY CHEMO (7) AND RADIATION (33) TREATMENTS EXACTLY 6 ,ONTHS AGO FOR STAGE 4 OTOLARYNGEAL CANCER AND BEAT IT.....BUT I'M REALLY SUFFERING FROM THE DRY MOUTH.......JUSTY WONDERING, WITH ALL YOUR EXPERINCE IF YOU'VE COME UP WITH ANYTHING TO HANDLE IT............THANK YOU.....ELWAY

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • cris' Avatar
      cris

      I had dry mouth when I was getting chemo, I used biotene toothpaste, mouthwash & they do have a carry along spray, you can buy this in any grocery store or target, walmart. I hope this helps, good luck

      over 4 years ago
    • GGP's Avatar
      GGP

      Have you asked your Dr. about Saligen? Its a prescription that helps your saliva glands work better. I was taking it and it worked up until about halfway through the treatments, then my glands just gave it up. I stay dry now all the time too. Carry a bottle of water with me.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Try Lemon drops or Jolly Ranchers candy, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Bill's Avatar
      Bill

      I experienced the same problem. I drank lots of water and sucked on lemon drops which seemed to help stimulate my saliva glands. I also used the biotene products Chris talked about and avoided anything which contained alcohol.

      over 4 years ago
    • mac101467's Avatar
      mac101467

      Like all have said, water, lemon drops, Biotene. Unfortunately, the radiation wreaks havoc, but the benefits outweigh all. I am 1 1/2 years post treatment and it hasn't gotten better, but it is something I have gotten accustomed to.

      over 4 years ago
    • thestarr's Avatar
      thestarr

      Like everyone else, I have been suffering with dry mouth for two years. All you can do is learn to live with it. I use Bioteen spray all the time not only for the dry mouth but for the horrific taste in my mouth. I have gotten prescriptions from my doctor, but nothing seems to work.
      I understand how you feel. Just hang in there. Lois Starr

      over 4 years ago

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