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Dry mouth

for Veterans and the Public

Dry mouth

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.