How Do Saliva Substitutes Work?

Reviewed on 6/17/2021

HOW DO SALIVA SUBSTITUTES WORK?

Saliva substitutes are an artificial form of saliva used to treat dry mouth (xerostomia)—a condition where the body does not produce enough saliva. Saliva substitutes lubricate the mouth by forming a protective film around the skin surface. As a result, the underlying cells remain protected from the adverse effects of dry mouth. However, they do not stimulate the salivary glands to make saliva, thus providing temporary relief from dry mouth.

HOW ARE SALIVA SUBSTITUTES USED?

Physicians may recommend saliva substitutes alongside:

Saliva substitutes may also be recommended in conditions that cause dry mouth, including:

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF SALIVA SUBSTITUTES?

There are no side effects reported for saliva substitutes.

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF SALIVA SUBSTITUTES?

Generic and brand names of drugs used as saliva substitutes include:

  • Glycerin oropharyngeal
  • Orajel dry mouth

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/saliva-substitutes

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/dry-mouth-dont-delay-treatment

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