by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
Bentyl (dicyclomine) is a prescription drug that is most often given to patients as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an intestinal condition. Some patients report that Bentyl causes dry mouth. Bentyl is prescribed to relieve gastrointestinal muscle spasms associated with IBS. Bentyl is one brand name for dicyclomine. Dicyclomine is also available in generic form. It is an antispasmodic and anticholinergic agent.
Bentyl and Xerostomia (Dry Mouth, Cotton Mouth)
According to MedicineNet and Drugs.com, Bentyl has varied side effects, including a moderate instance of xerostomia, also known as dry mouth or cotton mouth. As stated on Drugs.com, in regards to pharmacological data involving a group of clinical trials, a little more than one third of patients taking Bentyl (dicyclomine) for IBS reported experiencing xerostomia.
Dry mouth happens when the body is not producing enough saliva. Symptoms of xerostomia can include a dry feeling in the mouth, the frequent need to drink fluids, mouth sores, cracks in the lips, a dry throat, burning or stinging in the mouth or throat, a red or dry tongue that may also be raw, difficulty with normal mouth functions (tasting, chewing, speaking, swallowing), hoarse voice, dry nasal cavities, bad breath and a sore throat.
How to Get Rid of Xerostomia Caused by Bentyl
To cure xerostomia, there are varied choices. The right one will depend on the individual. One might want to first try using a fluoride mouth rinse, as well as being sure to brush the teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
Sucking on hard candies or chewing gum may also help dispel the xerostomia. Just be sure that it is sugarless. A more obvious option is to also drink plenty of water and even suck on ice chips. Sometimes breathing through the mouth can cause or worsen xerostomia, so try to concentrate most breathing to the nasal area.
There also are saliva substitutes sold over the counter at most pharmacies. In addition, using a room vaporizer to moisturize the air could help reduce xerostomia.
If none of these options is working, another way to get rid of the xerostomia is to reduce the dosage of the medicine being taken. However, this may also reduce the efficacy. Discuss this and other options with your doctor.
Switching to a Bently alternative, such as glycopyrrolate, methscopolamine bromide or propantheline bromide, might help as a last resort. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons with your physician. Getting rid of xerostomia is of course one possible benefit. However, be sure you discuss possible downsides to switching as well.
*The author is not a medical professional. This guide is intended for informational purposes only. Be sure to consult your physician for any medical concerns and advice..
**I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
by Dennis Townsend, Contributing Writer
With advances in medicine, we have made great strides advancing the life expectancy in the world, but there are still some diseases that are stubborn and require aggressive treatments such as the current Ebola virus. Scientists work feverishly to come up with new medicines to battle these hard to cure ailments, and usually they do, but the trouble is that when they do come up with these miracle cures, they can’t be used right away because The Federal Drug Administration, FDA, requires a certain amount of testing before these new drugs can become available to the masses, and then, can the masses afford it?
For each new drug that scientists come up with, it could take years before the FDA deems it safe for human application. This is very discouraging to families with a loved one with only so much time to live, who is suffering, and a medicine that has just been produced to ease the suffering, and perhaps maybe even cure the disease, can’t be administered because the drug must go through a battery of testing. Now there are some patients who are eligible for what they call “clinical trials”, but these patients are usually from well to do families because the new drug, most of the time, is very expensive. That in itself is a travesty because to lose one’s life just because they don’t have enough money for the newest medicines is unconscionable. This is a problem that must be addressed because all scientific research is funded by the government to which we all pay our taxes. One group of people should not be considered better than any other group, and to play God with someone’s life because of the amount of money one has is just not right
My belief is that the newest forms of treatment should be allocated to patients whose time is short, and there is no other options available. Regardless of the amount of money they have or the type of insurance they carry, every life is precious. Hospitals, doctors, scientists, and researchers make enormous amounts of money for all they do, and I for one do not deny that they undoubtedly deserve it, but somehow we must not forget about the people who’s lives are at stake just because they can’t buy a little more time to live. To be compassionate enough to put forth whatever effort it takes to save a human being is not only the right thing to do, but it would also define who we actually are.
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