• Dry Mouth

    Asked by mrk934 on Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Dry Mouth

    Any suggestions to help with dry mouth? This is the 3rd round of chemo and my tongue and mouth are so dry. My throat feels burned when I swallow. I did buy several Biotene products that help for a few minutes then its' back. I have been researching this and many say it will pass. Is there something out there that I could use to get me through this? Thanks for any help.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Have you tried gargling with a mixture of salt and baking soda. Fill an 8 oz glass with warm water ad 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda, and stir. It usually takes 4-6 gargles to finish the glass. I do this twice a day but you can do it more often. Make sure you get the back of your throat.

      You might want to speak to your oncology team for advice on how to take care of this condition - I got the above from the oncology nurse practitioner in my team.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Lemon drops, specifically Lemonheads will cause the mouth to salivate. Here is a link from Chemocare.com with other useful suggestions, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      My Onc stopped the Leucovorin during my chemo treatment for colon cancer after severe mouth sores and dry mouth at chemo 1. The mouth sores diminished but the dry mouth continued after that. I basically brushed my teeth after every meal and used Biotene dry mouth rinse at least 5 times a day which seemed to help me. I drank a lot of water during chemo. I still have dry mouth 8 months after chemo so always make sure I have a water bottle with me and even gum to chew in emergency.

      over 3 years ago
    • glam's Avatar

      In my case chew some gums and drink lot of water (a little at a time but throughout day) helped......I also brush my teeth after each meal.....

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      BIOTENE worked for me.

      over 3 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I rinsed my mouth with salt water. It did seem to help it heal quicker.

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      It seems to be melon season. They are so juicy. I'm sure the salt water gargling will help too. I've a friend who used lydocaine for his throat. It is by doctor prescription only. I used nigella stative oil but your doc won't like it. Sloan Kettering came out against its use saying it made their patient's too strong to be affected by the chemotherapy.or render the chemotherapy ineffective:


      If you can't eat, juice fresh fruit and veggies. If you don't own a juicer, use a blender and a strainer or cheesecloth to strain the blend ino juice by the glass.

      Stay strong.

      over 3 years ago

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