Aug 08, 2012 - 8:01 am
Since a common side effect of the most frequently prescribed pain medications such as Vicodin (lortab/hydroco) and Percoset (Oxycodo) is a dry mouth, has anyone experimented with alternatives to see how it might impact the loss of saliva?
I had a lung biopsy a year ago (fortunately not a cancer issue) and was prescribed hydroco/apap 7.5-500, the same stuff I have for my BOT, and had a horrible dry mouth experience. It cleared up as I improved and was able to get off the prescription pain med, and now that I have the dry mouth from rads, I wonder how much the meds side effect contributes to my current situation. Sure, the effects of radiation are probably so much stronger than the side effect of the med, but does it contribute to the condition?
I'm wondering what effect a change to an OTC or non opiate medication may have on my extremely dry mouth.
I'm working on getting off the Lortab and using an OTC just to see what happens, and I'm wondering if any of you had any information to offer.
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