for Veterans and the Public
Certain HIV medicines can cause dry mouth, making it difficult to chew, swallow, and talk.
Treating dry mouth can be simple--start by drinking plenty of liquids during or between meals. If your dry mouth is severe or doesn't go away, talk to your doctor about prescribing a treatment for you.
Quick Tips: Dry mouth
- Rinse your mouth throughout the day with warm, salted water.
- Carry sugarless candies, lozenges, or crushed ice with you to cool the mouth and give it moisture.
- Try slippery elm or licorice tea (available in health food stores). They can moisten the mouth, and they taste great!
- Ask your VA doctor about mouth rinse and other products to treat your dry mouth.