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pugs
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I've been tested for Sjogren's (negative test)-- but continue to have a very dry mouth. Don't think it's my meds.

nothing works - I sip water all day long.

Any suggestions? Does this get better with treatment? Thanks!

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Try a product called Biotene, its specifically for dry mouth. I believe you can get it at walgreens, walmart etc.
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I got a very dry mouth from Biaxin. It would get so dry sometimes I could hardly talk.

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old joke: idiopathic means the patient is pathological and the the doctor is an idiot

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thanks for the responses - anybody else?
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Pugs , I fix me a glass of ice water and squeze in a little fresh lemon juice and sip on that .

Helps me out BILL

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Wishing us all well !

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Check the manufacturers' product information sheets on all Rx.

Many medicines cause dry mouth (especially sleep meds). Unless an essential medicine, I'd drop any med with this side-effect. Dry mouth can lead to gum disease and thereby, heart disease.

With dry mouth, you want to do all you can to prevent gum recession as it is permanent. Using a waterpik to clean gums is very helpful.

If you must continue a medicine that causes dry mouth, there are ways to offset it.

I had major damage from dry mouth, lost a lot of tissue and gums receded terribly. Then I found out it had been medicine prescribed for "fibromyalgia" - years afterward, I found out.

Andrographis has cleared this up for me, totally. Fish oil helps, too. At times, a tiny bit of coconut oil can be soothing.

Although, I do constantly have water within reach. Never without it. But my mouth is not as dry overnight.

Biotene tooth paste helped some but be aware that their mouth rinse contains a petroleum product and that has been linked to cancer. Ingredients change from time to time, so just be sure to check. You want to avoid propylene glycol.

Many commercial toothpastes (and rinses) contain very harsh ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate, etc. You might consider a toothpaste that is more natural.

I must have tried over 20 different toothpastes. These (and, sometimes, just a plain baking soda paste) are the only ones that worked for me:

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http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/calendula-toothpaste.aspx

Calendula Toothpaste from Weleda

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Extract with myrhh

Ingredients (INCI):

Water (Aqua), Calcium Carbonate, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alcohol, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Limonene*.

* from natural essential oils

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http://www.auromere.com/Dental_Care-Toothpaste.html

Auromere Herbal Toothpaste

Auromere's highly effective line of Ayurvedic toothpaste combines the natural tooth-whitening fibre PEELU with the astringent and invigorating properties of NEEM and 24 other barks, roots, plants and flowers which have been esteemed for centuries by Ayurvedic specialists for maintaining optimum dental hygiene.

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http://www.orahealth.com/pages/dry-mouth-xerostomia

DRY MOUTH (XEROSTOMIA)

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http://www.orahealth.com/products/xylimelts-for-dry-mouth-mint

XYLIMELTS FOR DRY MOUTH (MINT FREE)

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http://ww2.orahealth.com/xylimelts_brochure.pdf

Two-page XYLIMELTS informational brochure.

Ingredients:

Xylitol (500mg), cellulose gum, vegetable gum, calcium/magnesium stearate, and nothing else.

CONTAINS NO: animal products, fermentable sugar, color, dyes, artificial flavoring, or preservatives and no products of peanuts, tree nuts, corn, wheat, rice,

[There is also one with mild natural peppermint flavor.]

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Actually, I think the CANKER MELTS (also by this company) are better and have a more therapeutic effect with a small dose of licorice, which helps in many ways. They can last through the night and adhere to the side of your mouth. No chocking hazard as they are sort of gelatinous.

I used these to prevent coughing at night during coughing spells. Also kept the mouth very nice and moist.
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If you have not yet done so, switch your regular table salt with SEA Salt. Rinse with warm water and a little sea salt a couple times a day.

Topical application (toothpastes, etc.) can help but it's an internal thing, too. Enzymes, hormones, our ability to balance sodium, etc. all comes into this. The endocrine system is often out of balance.

Therefore, adrenal dysfunction can also be connected to dry mouth, as the whole endocrine system is usually frequently a huge problem for lyme patients. More about what helps that so that our body can work better from the inside out:

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Cordyceps is recommend here:

This is included in Burrascano's Guidelines, but you may want to be able to refer to it separately, too:

http://www.lymepa.org/Nutritional_Supplements.pdf

Nutritional Supplements in Disseminated Lyme Disease

J.J. Burrascano, Jr., MD (2008)

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Great information about treatments options and support measures, including those to help adrenal/endocrine function:

http://tinyurl.com/6lq3pb (through Amazon)

THE LYME DISEASE SOLUTION (2008)

- by Kenneth B. Singleton , MD; James A. Duke. Ph.D. (Foreword)

You can read more about it here and see customer reviews.

Web site: www.lymedoctor.com

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http://www.prohealth.com/ME-CFS/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=14383&B1=EM031109C

http://tinyurl.com/detwtt

Underactive Adrenal Gland - Stresses and Problems with the Body's 'Gear Box' - by Dr. Sarah Myhill, MD

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Many libraries carry this book and you can read 95 customer reviews here (average 4.5 star out of 5) AND see inside the book:

www.amazon.com/Adrenal-Fatigue-Century-Stress-Syndrome/dp/1890572152/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263516913&sr=8-1

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

~ James L. Wilson, ND, DC, PhD, Johnathan V. Wright, MD

About $10. And qualifies for free shipping with a total $25. Purchase at Amazon

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Excerpts:

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This symptom can go away with good treatment.

I had a terribly dry mouth and dry eyes for years. Lousy lyme treatment didn't help it, but good lyme treatment got rid of my lyme, babs, bart and all my symptoms.

It has been 5 years since I completed my lyme treatment and I am still symptom-free.

Dry mouth is a very common lyme symptom. Dentist had me use Biotene to get rid of the absolutely awful bad breath the dry mouth caused.

I couldn't go to sleep at night, lying there feeling like I was dying of thirst in a desert. So, I would suck on a sugar-free hard candy to get myself to sleep. It helped.

I went everywhere with my bottle of water--everywhere. Once on LymeNet I read that you can tell the people with lyme disease because they all carry bottles of water with them. They walk into their lyme doctor's appt with them. That was me. It was a permanent fixture to try to alleviate that terrible dry mouth.

Nothing really helped but the good lyme treatment. But, the lack of saliva does threaten the health of your teeth. So, see what the dentist wants to do to try to keep from getting cavities. Saliva cleanses the mouth, and that is not happening for you right now.

Wish you the best.

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