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Nifediac and Dry Mouth

Clinical studies have shown that less than 1 percent of people taking Nifediac CC developed a dry mouth. If you are taking Nifediac CC and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are some things you can try, such as sipping water or sugarless drinks often, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and using a humidifier at night. If none of these tips help, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatment, such as artificial saliva.

Nifediac and Dry Mouth: An Overview

A dry mouth is one of the possible side effects of Nifediac CC® (nifedipine). In studies, less than 1 percent of people taking Nifediac CC reported experiencing a dry mouth.
 

Nifediac and Dry Mouth: Recommendations

For people taking Nifediac CC, there are some things that you can do to help with a dry mouth. Some of these suggestions include:
 
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks often.
     
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
     
  • Avoiding drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
     
  • Avoiding tobacco or alcohol, because they dry out the mouth.
     
  • Using a humidifier at night.
     
  • Being aware of spicy or salty foods. These may cause pain in a dry mouth.
     
  • Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless, hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
     

Nifediac and Dry Mouth: Summary

If you develop a dry mouth while taking Nifediac CC and the suggestions above do not help, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend, such as artificial saliva. Also, depending on the severity of your dry mouth, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Nifediac CC dosage or try another high blood pressure medicine.
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