Hi, generally doing really well but serious sleep disruption due to dry mouth. Brought it up with Rheumy nurse who shrugged and said ask GP. GP says ask Rheumy (always!!)🙄). Anyone else had this? Ok through the day, no dry eyes, mouth sticks together at night and I wake every 20-30 for sip of water.... any ideas?
Dry mouth: Hi, generally doing really well but serious... - NRAS
She shrugged , really !!! It's one of the most common side effects of RA probably. It's a side effect of drugs and just RA for people. You can get mouth sprays to use before bed etc. There is a good site for sjogrens disease that gives you loads of ideas for dry mouth.
I have it and find it depends on what drugs I'm on, how bad it gets, so yes sips of water, I go nowhere with water , and mouth sprays. Some people like gum.
But when you talk to the rheumy, not the I'll informed nurse lol, tell him the symptom . I also get salivary gland scans yearly .
Loads of luck, it really bothered me at first,
You might find some help on dry mouth on this website. British Sjogren's Syndrome Society
Well it’s only one night but it seems to work... I used it just before sleep, woke up once and used again and slept till morning (early, but still morning 😁). My water jug was still nearly full! It has absolutely no taste, feels a bit weird. But if it continues to work... I got it at boots. Guess you should be able to access it online? Good luck.
Many people have Sicca with RA . Yes at night I can get a mouth so dry Iit’s like sand paper . This was my first symptom I also get very dry inside my nose and my eyes also. Now get these symptoms during the day but night time is worst. I have a nasal spray and a moth spray I use during the night. I also have eye drops and an eye gel( nighttime only). I don’t have it all the time . It’s comes intermittently.
Dental health is effected because you don’t make enough saliva so best tell your dentist.
I complained about this when I started amitriptyline & initially my GP prescribed Salivix pastilles which didn’t help much. Then she prescribed Biotene gel which did. I also found nighttime worse, but then my greater dose was my evening dose so that made sense. I just kept the tube on my bedside table & used it before going to sleep which helped a lot. Don't have the problem any more but still have it if needed.
Doc gave me salivix. That didn’t help. I tried xylimelts. They help and seem to be good for teeth. But you have to hold them to stick them to your gums and I’m not so able to get back to sleep. Also they are expensive. Right now I am sooking jakemans. But I need to find something else as that’s a choking hazard and bad for my teeth! I might try and get that biotene gel ...