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What causes dry mouth and throat?

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Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015
Question: My mouth started feeling dry and then it went to my throat. Now I just have a heavy feeling in my head.I had 2 glasses of wine with dinner and about three hours ago took an oxycodone for some pain I was having. The feeling I have is scaring me and maybe that's why my blood pressure is at 126/90. Was 134/86
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Anxiety, panic attack likely

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

The blood pressure change is not abnormal. BP does not remain constant and changes with time. The reading is not low enough to indicate hypotension. Dry mouth and throat can be due to a number of reasons. In addition to the anxiety that you are experiencing, it can be related to a panic attack. If you are worried you may go to an ER near you to rule out any serious cause. A general physical exam including throat examination, BP, pulse and temperature measurements can be done. A neurological exam can be done to look for possible focal deficit. An EKG can be advised to rule out possible cardiac cause. If these screens are negative then low dose propranolol can be advised provided you are not asthmatic to counter the sympathetic symptoms associated with anxiety. Blood sugar should also be measured, preferably two fasting blood sugar reading, two weeks apart.

Wishing you best of health

Thanks

Let me know if you have any query

Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.

For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below

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Dr. M.S. Khalil

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (8 minutes later)
Would rather not go to ER but am afraid to go to sleep. Do you think I will be ok to just try to relax and hopefully dose off.
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Need more info

Detailed Answer:
Hello again madam.

If you have no alarm symptoms then that can be an option. Kindly answer the following to have a better idea.

Do you have any chest pain that started suddenly.
Do you have any fever or shortness of breath.
Do you have any weakness in either upper or lower limbs.
Do you feel your heart racing. can you measure your pulse in one minute and let me know your average pulse.

Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (8 minutes later)
None of the above. I'm sure you are correct with your first answer. Anxiety...just scaring myself because i felt odd. Better after consultin with you. Thank you. XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Most welcome

Detailed Answer:
Hello again.

You are most welcome

Well, then there is no need to worry. Take slow deep breaths. If possible, listen to a soothing audio tape of Eckhart tolle or sleep tapes by XXXXXXX Bridges. I recommend both to my patients who have trouble with anxiety or panic attacks. It works very well with good outcomes.

Best of luck and have a sound night's sleep.

Thanks.

Dr. M.S.Khalil

Thanks

Let me know if you have any query

Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.

For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below

http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes dry mouth and throat?

Brief Answer: Anxiety, panic attack likely Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome I appreciate your concern The blood pressure change is not abnormal. BP does not remain constant and changes with time. The reading is not low enough to indicate hypotension. Dry mouth and throat can be due to a number of reasons. In addition to the anxiety that you are experiencing, it can be related to a panic attack. If you are worried you may go to an ER near you to rule out any serious cause. A general physical exam including throat examination, BP, pulse and temperature measurements can be done. A neurological exam can be done to look for possible focal deficit. An EKG can be advised to rule out possible cardiac cause. If these screens are negative then low dose propranolol can be advised provided you are not asthmatic to counter the sympathetic symptoms associated with anxiety. Blood sugar should also be measured, preferably two fasting blood sugar reading, two weeks apart. Wishing you best of health Thanks Let me know if you have any query Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action. For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107 Dr. M.S. Khalil