It’s no secret – medications have side effects. Some can be dealt with and go away as your system gets used to the treatment. Others though, they are less desirable and can negatively affect your social life. Yeah, we’re talking about bad breath that is caused by medications.
You brush your teeth and find yourself continuously drinking water throughout the day. All of this just to keep dealing with bad breath caused by your medications.
So, you have bad breath, but aren’t sure if it is the result of medication side effects. Here’s a list of some very common medications that cause bad breath and list bad breath or dry mouth as a common side effect.
10 Medications That Cause Bad Breath
1. Phentermine (Adipex-P)
Phentermine acts as an appetite suppressant, by affecting the central nervous system. It is used together with exercise and diet to treat obesity. Phentermine lists dry mouth as a side effect.
2. Diazepam (Valium)
Diazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. It is used to treat anxiety disorders, muscle spasms, or alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Unpleasant breath odor is listed as a side effect of Diazepam.
3. Alprazolam (Xanax)
Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety in people that may have unbalanced chemicals in their brain. It is used to treat panic disorders, anxiety disorder, and anxiety caused by depression. Unpleasant breath odor is listed as a side effect of Alprazolam.
4. Isotretinoin (Accutane)
Isotretinoin (Accutane) helps reduce the amount of oil released by oil glands found in your skin. It helps your skin renew itself more quickly. This form of vitamin A is used to treat severe acne that is not responding to other treatments. Dry mouth is listed as a side effect of Isotretinoin.
5. Lorazepam (Ativan)
Lorazepam affect chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. It is used to treat anxiety disorders. Unpleasant breath odor is listed as a side effect of Lorazepam.
6. Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
This muscle relaxant works by blocking nerve impulses sent to your brain. Dryness of mouth is listed as one of the more common side effects of Cyclobenzaprine.
7. Albuterol (Ventolin)
A bronchodilator, Albuterol relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs. It is used to prevent bronchospasms. Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste has been reported as a side effect of Albuterol.
8. Loratadine (Claritin)
Loratadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. It is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, cold or allergy symptoms, or itching. Dry mouth is listed as a common side effect of Loratadine.
9. Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
This antidepressant is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. Dry mouth is one of the more common side effects of Bupropion.
10. Fluoxetine (Prozac)
Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant. This means it affects the chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety, depression, panic, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
Even though symptoms related to bad breath are listed as side effects of these medications, you may not experience that side effect. If you do though, ask your physician what can be done to combat bad breath.
LowestMed’s Health Information Center is meant for educational purposes and is not intended for medical advice. If you would like to recommend any story ideas, feel free to contact us.