Gurgling and excessive saliva

My husband is suffering greatly with gurgling and produces extreme amounts of saliva, he cannot tolerate dairy yet has been recommended Fortisips to help maintain weigh. Some days ok but then usually 2 days later struggles to ear or take meds. Does anyone know if drugs to prevent excessive saliva have bad side effects, he also has large pouch at side of mouth where food can get trapped but has refused surgery. He has had Parkinson's for about 16 yrs and bless him he does his best to keep active as possible for an 82 yr old.

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  • Should have said eat not ear! Sorry 🙄

  • I suffer from the opposite problem - dry mouth, and have incurred expensive tooth decay as a result. Anyway, there are many medications that reduce saliva - you might want to consult your MD or do some internet searching on the subject.

  • cheese can help keep your teeth. little known fact.

  • Living proof here that is not the case since I eat plenty of it.

  • Very true, but unfortunately don't have any natural teeth to worry about 😉

  • Biotine mouth wash also helps, a couple of times a. Day.

  • Thanks do use mouthwash but not heard of Biotine, worth a search.

  • Biotine is actually for dry mouth, good luck

  • Yes, did wonder about that as with chewing gum both create more saliva, but going to using mouthwash which contains alcohol as this can have drying effect. Seeing pd clinic next wk so will ask their advise. It was easy to treat when had dry mouth but appears more complications with excessive saliva.

  • Smithardy, Yes, I share your husband';s problem (and his age). When I was diagnosed with PD. six years ago and, on seeing "drooling" listed among the common symptoms, I grumbled that, "That will never happen to me." WRONG.!!! I tried several medications to no avail. Then my neuro, during a visit on another matter, asked about my saliva problem. She suggested a program of Botox injections into the salivary glands on each side of the jaw at 3 month intervals. She admitted that the procedure has met with limited success in general use, but attributed that to the difficulty some doctors have in properly locating the glands. I accepted her offer and she administered the Botox injections. The first shots did seem to lessen the problem but the second set was less successful and had side affects. At the next appointment she offered to repeat the Botox injections but I declined, citing the problems I had experienced. She listened, agreed, and added the comment, "Do no harm". Have you tried chewing gum, either bubble gum or regular ( Wrigleys)?. It triggers your swallowing reflex and cuts down on the amount of saliva in the mouth. It may not meet universal approval socially, but it certainly beats the alternative.

    Give my regards to your husband. He obviously has someone who truly cares.I


  • Ronn, Thankyou for your reply. He does not really fancy the Botox

    but will give the chewing gum a try.

    Wishing you well.

  • It's time to see a speech therapist, they work with swallowing, sounds like he is also pocketing food, yes ST can help. Need to get one soon cause he could aspirate and get pneumonia. Good luck ❤

  • Already does and has done for few years plus o/t physio and parkinsons nurse.

  • Ive heard that atropine drops can help with this problem. They are actually eye drops but they can be used orally

  • Thankyou Hikoi, sounds worth are they available without persciption?

  • Have read a persciption is needed and would be very doubtful one would be supplied as can have extremely bad side effects.

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