Dyrenium and Dry Mouth
There are many potential side effects of Dyrenium, and dry mouth appears to be one of them. To obtain relief, you can try chewing sugarless gum, sipping water or sugarless drinks often, and avoiding caffeinated drinks and alcohol. If you continue to experience dry mouth with Dyrenium, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatments, adjust your Dyrenium dosage, or prescribe another diuretic.
In clinical studies, dry mouth was a possible side effect of Dyrenium® (triamterene), although the exact percentage of people who developed dry mouth was not reported.
If you are taking Dyrenium and dry mouth occurs, there are some things that you can do that may provide relief. Some of these suggestions include the following:
- Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
- Sip water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
- Don't use tobacco or alcohol. They dry out the mouth.
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Be aware of spicy or salty foods. These 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.
If you develop a dry mouth while taking Dyrenium and the suggestions in this article do not help, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatment options, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on how severe your dry mouth is, he or she may recommend that you adjust your Dyrenium dosage or try another diuretic.