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Offline la-hir

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Dry Mouth
« on: June 04, 2014, 06:33:07 PM »
Hello everyone, I have odd question  ;) but is very bothering to me...  Since I start my medication (Stribild) I notice very dry mouth- mainly in the night. Do you think it may be side effect of medication. Unfortunately nothing really help :( even if I drink as crazy before sleep. Any advice about that?? My other question is - how much are rebuilding of CD4 count affect by stress and anxiety?? It will always on medication stop dropped down and start slightly increased ? Or stress may affect this a lot?? Thank you for your advice! Lots of love. L.

Offline MrPOZ

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Re: Dry Mouth
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 07:53:05 PM »
I have had the same symptom - dry mouth at night.  I think it is because I snore and breathe through my mouth at night but I don't know why the symptom would be more pronounced since starting to take Stribild.  I started on Stribild in early February after I was diagnosed January 17, 2014.  By the way, Stribild took my VL to undetectable in 3 months (4/28/14) so it is a great drug but the dry mouth thing has me concerned. 
Diagnosed 1/17/2014 VL 157K CD4 200
Start Stribild 2/7/2014
3/23/14   VL  95 CD4 323
4/28/14   VL<48 CD4 300

Offline eric48

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Re: Dry Mouth
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 04:33:42 AM »
Wear a mask (the type people wear, or at least should wear, when they have the flu)
when you sleep

Not easy to get used to it but will retain humidity and do the trick

People who sleep in otherwise dry environment (submarine, spacecraft, intergallatic ships, etc) use this trick. This should work

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Offline la-hir

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Re: Dry Mouth
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 08:29:23 AM »
Hi Eric & MrPoz - it is not something what is bother me so much when I sleep. It is happen always before I am going to sleep and regardless on my fluid intake. Is it very unpleasant during the sex  :P and I would like to figure out if it is from medicine, HIV them self or is it something usual what is it... I don't have any thrush in my mouth recently went for dentist check -up very healthy mouth apparently. I don't have this problem at all during the day... MrPoz do you have it still same while you on Stribild?? Anyway how you doing with this medicine? Any side effects? Am fine except this problem. Otherwise life is good. Eating less :) doing fine. Today is my day 10 and I can't wait for my blood done next week... L. Lots of love! X

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Dry Mouth
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 08:35:58 AM »
It's not unusual for various types of medication and/or chronic disease to cause a decrease in the production of saliva:


This is one reason it has always been important for HIV+ patients to see a dentist regularly. Personally I try and mitigate dry mouth by using Biotene products (toothpaste and mouthwash) even though they cost more than other dental hygiene products.
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Offline MrPOZ

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Re: Dry Mouth
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2014, 05:48:42 PM »
I'm pretty sure the dry mouth at night started when I started taking Stribild. Other than the dry mouth I have some loose stools and have lost some weight.  The weight thing might be the stress because I'm going through a divorce at the same time. Welcome to my wonderful life...

Thanks for the Biotene tip Miss P.  Do you ever use the generic versions from WalMart? Are they just as effective? I quit using Biotene because of cost.
Diagnosed 1/17/2014 VL 157K CD4 200
Start Stribild 2/7/2014
3/23/14   VL  95 CD4 323
4/28/14   VL<48 CD4 300

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Dry Mouth
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2014, 06:04:47 PM »

I have been using Biotene for years now.  At Walmart, the 33.8 ounce bottle runs a little over 10.00 dollars. ( just bought it)

Biotene does not contain Alcohol.  Look for products that say "Alcohol Free" on the label.

Crest " Pro Health is Alcohol free, And I believe Equate, makes an Alcohol free mouth was and rinse.

Mouthwashes and rinses, that contain Alcohol will dry your mouth out.

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 8/24/15,  t-cells are at 359,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 11%

 63 years young.


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