Have you ever noticed some of the medications you take can cause you to experience a case of dry mouth or impair your sense of taste? Medication of all sorts can produce oral side effects ranging from cavities to bone loss, and number in the hundreds. In fact, there are 400 drugs that can cause dry mouth alone. Let’s take a look at these interactions, learn more about which drugs trigger these outcomes, and see what you can do to prevent serious complications that could potentially arise due to being ill-informed.
While hardly an exhaustive list, below are some common drug types and their associated interactions. As always, inform your dentist of any medication you are taking prior to and during your visit.
High blood pressure medications (including diuretics, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin- converting enzyme inhibitors)
Parkinson's disease medications
Cardiovascular drugs (some beta blockers and calcium channel blockers)
Central nervous system stimulants
Flagyl (metronidazole), an antibiotic drug
Nicotine skin patches for smoking cessation
Some respiratory inhalants
Aspirin and anticoagulants
Soft Tissue Reactions:
Blood pressure medications
Certain chemotherapy medications
Antiseizure medications (such as those for epilepsy)
Immunosuppressant drugs (typically used after organ transplantations)
Interactions and complications from over the counter and prescription drugs can be serious, so being proactive in your knowledge about these concerns and always keeping your dentist informed will enable you to keep that mouth and body of yours in tip-top shape.