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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my 86 year old father has been complaining of dry mouth for some time now. We have gotten him special mouth wash/tooth paste (biotin I believe) and also these little saliva pills called saliva sure but he still complains about it. He says that saliva sure makes too much saliva etc etc. Is there anything else we can do? I looked at couple of prescriptions pills but they seem to be having lots of side effects and since he has eye problems and other health problems, I really don't want things to become more complicated. Thank you for any suggestion.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
User :   thanks
Doctor :   it is common with age to have similat issues such as dry mouth, blurred vision, etc
Doctor :   you are doing the right thing by using saliva sure, for his dry mouth
Doctor :   but your father will over time get used to the effects of the saliva sure
User :   yes, it is all age related. He also has AMD etc. anything else we can do? currently he complains that salivasure is making too much saliva. do you think the prescription pills might help or hurt.
Doctor :   there is no need to take any prescrption medications in this regard
User :   it has probably been close to a year with saliva sure
User :   ok
User :   does sugar intake make the problem worst? he was saying that since he has been drinking Ensure, the problem has gotten worst
Doctor :   ensure is a protin supplement and it does remove the moisture in the oral cavity
Doctor :   taking sugar does not worsen the issue
Doctor :   it helps make more saliva
User :   anything else you can suggest Dr Anvekar
Doctor :   to help him, you can train him to drink sips of water on and off,
Doctor :   other than that, riling out conditions like sjogrens sundrome will help
User :   alright, would that be shown by a simple blood test?
Doctor :   make sure that he does not take medicatioons like antihistamines, anticholinegic medications, etc in higher doses
Doctor :   yes getting a blood test for sjogrens will help
User :   o.k, right now the mains meds are eye drops, norvasc, lipitor and rest are vitamins
Doctor :   he can continue all of them
Doctor :   no issues with them at all
User :   so in short: unless its sjogrens, we are doing everything we can?
Doctor :   the test includes HLAB27 Testing, anti Tho antibody
Doctor :   yes u are doing everything that is good
User :   added noted, he is also a T4 cancer survivor so he went through chemo etc about 10 years ago
User :   thank you, is this it?
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   Do u have any other questions for me ?
User :   don't think so. Thank you very much
Doctor :   ok, take care , have have a good evening, thank you for consulting me here
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