Dry Mouth from Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants, commonly used to treat conditions like epilepsy, can lead to dry mouth, similar to antidepressants. This occurs because anticonvulsants can block acetylcholine, reducing saliva production and causing xerostomia. It's essential to be aware of this side effect, as saliva helps maintain oral health by washing away food particles and neutralizing acids. Understanding this connection can help individuals take proactive steps to mitigate dry mouth discomfort and ensure better oral hygiene and comfort.

Understanding Anticonvulsants and Dry Mouth

Popular Types of Anticonvulsants

Common anticonvulsant medications such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproic acid, gabapentin, and lamotrigine are known to cause dry mouth as a side effect. If you experience persistent dry mouth while taking these medications, consider using Auqoral. Auqoral is our specially formulated saliva substitute designed to provide long-lasting relief, restoring moisture and comfort to your mouth.

Why Anticonvulsants Can Cause Dry Mouth

Anticonvulsants can lead to dry mouth by blocking the body's acetylcholine receptors, which play a role in various bodily functions, including saliva production. By interfering with acetylcholine, anticonvulsants reduce certain bodily secretions, including saliva, leading to dry mouth. It's important for people using these medications to understand this potential side effect and find ways to manage it while continuing their treatments.

How Aquoral Treats Dry Mouth

For those experiencing dry mouth as a result of Anticonvulsant medication, products like Aquoral Protective Oral Spray offer a promising solution. Specially formulated to combat the symptoms of dry mouth, Aquoral works by creating a protective layer over the mouth's mucous membranes. This action helps sustain oral moisture, providing relief from the discomfort associated with dry mouth, similar to the relief it provides for those affected by antidepressant-induced dry mouth.

The Science Behind Aquoral

Aquoral's unique formula is designed to replace the reduction in saliva production caused by anticonvulsant medications. By forming a soothing and lubricating layer over the affected areas of the mouth, Aquoral helps protect against the dryness and irritation associated with anticonvulsant-induced xerostomia.

Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Dry Mouth

Unchecked, dry mouth can lead to severe dental health issues, including tooth decay, gum disease, and mouth infections. It's crucial for patients experiencing dry mouth from Anticonvulsant medications to seek treatment to mitigate these risks and preserve their oral health over the long term.

Seeking Treatment and Getting Help

Taking action and using Aquoral can greatly improve your life if you're dealing with dry mouth from Anticonvulsant medications. Aquoral not only relieves immediate discomfort but reduces future decay from issues like tooth decay and gum disease. By incorporating Aquoral into your daily routine, you're not just treating dry mouth; you're also addressing your oral health, making eating, speaking, sleeping, swallowing, and smiling easier. Don't let medication-induced dry mouth affect your comfort and quality of life. Try Aquoral for the relief and protection your mouth needs.

How to Seek Treatment with Aquoral

If you're experiencing dry mouth due to Anticonvulsant medications, relief is within reach. Aquoral Protective Oral Spray, available by prescription, is specifically designed to alleviate medication-induced dry mouth. We encourage patients to discuss the benefits of Aquoral as part of their treatment plan. Our team is here to help you understand how Aquoral can provide relief from dry mouth discomfort and protect your oral health in the long term. Take the first step towards a more comfortable life with Aquoral today.

Aquoral is committed to improving the quality of life for those dealing with the side effects of necessary medication. Contact us today to learn more about how Aquoral can support your oral health during antidepressant treatment.

Relief From Anticonvulsants Xerostomia - Aquoral is:


Lipid-based spray lubricates and provides a protective shield that helps the oral mucosa retain moisture


Helps prevent mucosal damage & tooth decay while improving the ability to chew, taste, swallow, and speak

Fast & Long-lasting

Two quick sprays provide rapid relief that lasts for 4 to 6 hours, and reduces the need for frequent dosing

Easy to Use

Small size fits in a pocket or purse; no need for mixing or frequent rinsing as with water-based formulations

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Convenient Packaging

Over-the-counter Dry Mouth products are often sold in large bottles due to the frequency of use. Prescription supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses come in foil packets which need to be mixed in a large quantity of water before use.

Aquoral comes in two convenient 10 mL spray bottles that easily fit in a pocket, purse, or on a night table.

No Rinse and Repeat

Many non-prescription Dry Mouth treatments and prescription supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses require rinsing and spitting out and should not be swallowed.

Aquoral is a discreet, easy-to-use spray.


Aquoral’s formulation provides long-lasting relief. Finally, a solution that lubricates AND forms a protective layer that keeps moisture in the oral cavity.

Delivering sustainable relief for up to 6 hours.

Provides Relief

Most saliva substitutes hydrate and lubricate the oral mucosa providing temporary relief of Dry Mouth.

Aquoral’s OGT formulation creates a protective shield which, when used alone or combined with other Dry Mouth treatments, can lock in moisture, and enhance effectiveness.

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry Mouth is a more serious medical condition than its name would suggest. In most cases, patients’ daily lives and oral health can be significantly compromised if their Dry Mouth is not discovered early and managed effectively. It can be caused or exacerbated by more than 700 medications, both over-the-counter and prescription. Patients with certain health conditions or medical treatments, such as Sjögren’s disease or head and neck cancer therapy often experience Dry Mouth.

Despite being a common medical condition, the signs and symptoms may go unnoticed in a routine oral exam. It has been reported that the incidence of Dry Mouth in the general population is as high as 65 percent.

Source: ADA Science Institute, C. (2017). Oral Health Topics: Dry Mouth (Dry Mouth). JADA. Mouth.