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A number of side effects have been seen with Bentyl (dicyclomine), and dry mouth is the most commonly reported problem. Up to 33 percent of people using the medication during clinical trials developed a dry mouth. If you are taking Bentyl and dry mouth occurs, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider for suggestions on obtaining relief.
A dry mouth is the most common side effect of Bentyl® (dicyclomine hydrochloride). In clinical studies, up to 33 percent of people taking the drug experienced a dry mouth. Bentyl is classified as an anticholinergic medication, and dry mouth is one of the characteristic side effects of such medications.
There are some things that you can do to help with a dry mouth. Some of these suggestions include:
- Sip water or sugarless drinks often, especially during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier; it may also improve the taste of food.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
- Don't use tobacco or alcohol because they dry out the mouth.
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Be aware of spicy or salty foods because they may cause pain in a dry mouth
- Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; cinnamon- or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
It is important to note that severe or prolonged dry mouth can cause dental problems, as saliva helps to protect the teeth from decay. You may need special dental care in such situations.