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There are many possible side effects of Thorazine, and dry mouth appears to be one of them. If you are taking Thorazine and dry mouth occurs, you can try using a humidifier at night, avoiding tobacco or alcohol, and sipping water or sugarless drinks during meals, among other things. If the dry mouth doesn't improve, your healthcare provider may also adjust your Thorazine dosage or recommend taking a different medication.
Thorazine® (chlorpromazine hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat schizophrenia, nausea and vomiting, and several other conditions. Like other medicines, it can cause side effects. One of these possible side effects of Thorazine is a dry mouth.
If you are taking Thorazine and dry mouth becomes a problem, there are a number of things that you can do. 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. They dry out the mouth.
- Using a humidifier at night.
- Being aware that spicy or salty foods 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.
If you have a dry mouth while taking Thorazine 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 how severe your Thorazine dry mouth side effects are, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Thorazine dosage or try a different medication.