Medications That Cause Bad Breath

Many people are unaware that the medications that they've been taking for years have actually contributed to their bad breath and taste disorders. It all boils down to the unfortunate side-effects of many medications which include dry mouth and alteration in taste perception.

According to research, 7 of the top 10 medications used in the US during 1998 had dry mouth, bad breath, or taste disorders as a side effect.

Medication Use Dry Mouth Sour Taste Symptom Listed. Notes
Prilosec Reflux and Ulcers Yes Often mistakenly prescribed for bad breath.
Prozac Antidepressant Yes Mistakenly prescribed because doctors think that patients are imagining their bad breath.
Zocor Cholesterol No  
Zoloft Antidepressant Yes See Prozac
Zantac Digestive No Often mistakenly prescriped for bad breath
Claritin Antihistamine No Often mistakenly prescriped for bad breath
Paxil Antidepressant Yes See Prozac
Norvasc Angina Relief Yes  
Vasotec High Blood Pressure Yes  
Imitrex Migraine Headaches No  

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Below is a partial list of other common medications that can cause bad breath.
*Please consult your physician before altering the prescribed use of any medications

ANOREXIANT

Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, Zantryl phentermine
Anorex SR, Adipost, Bontril PDM phendimetrazine
Mazanor, Sanorex mazindol
Pondimin, Fen-Phen fenfluramine
Tenuate, Tepanil, Ten-Tab diethylpropion

ANTIACNE

Accutane isotretinoin

ANTIANXIETY

Atarax, Vistaril hydroxyzine
Ativan lorazepam
Centrax prazepam
Equanil, Miltown meprobamate
Librium chlordiazepoxide
Paxipam halazepam
Serax oxazepam
Valium diazepam
Xanax alprazolam

ANTICHOLINERGIC / ANTISPASMODIC

Anaspaz hyoscyamine
Atropisol. Sal-Tropine atropine
Banthine methantheline
Bellergal belladonna alkaloids
Bentyl dicyclomine
Daricon oxyphencyclimine
Ditropan oxybutynin
Donnatal, Kinesed hyoscyamine with atropine,phenobarbital, scopolamine
Librax chlordiazepoxide with clidinium
Pamine methscopolamine
Pro-Banthine propantheline
Transderm-Scop scopolamine

ANTICONVULSANT

Felbatol felbamate
Lamictal lamotrigine
Neurontin gabapentin
Tegretol carbamazepine

ANTIDEPRESSANT

Anafranil clomipramine
Asendin amoxapine
Elavil amitryptaline
Luvox fluvoxamine
Norpramin desipramine
Prozac fluoxetine
Sinequan doxepin
Tofranil imipramine
Wellbutrin bupropion

ANTIDIARRHETIC

Imodium AD loperamide
Lomotil diphenoxylate with atropine
Motofen difenoxin with atropine

ANTIHISTAMINE

Actifed triprolidine with pseudoephedrine
Benadryl diphenhydramine
Chlor-Trimeton chlorpheniramine
Claritin loratadine
Dimetane brompheniramine
Dimetapp brompheniramine with phenylpropanolamine
Hismanal astemizole
Phenergan promethazine
Pyribenzamine (PBZ) tripelennamine
Seldane terfenadine

ANTIHYPERTENSIVE

Capoten captopril
Catapres clonidine
Coreg carvedilol
Ismelin guanethidine
Minipress prazosin
Serpasil reserpine
Wytensin guanabenz

ANTIINFLAMMATORY ANALGESIC

Dolobid diflunisal
Feldene piroxicam
Motrin, Advil ibuprofen
Nalfon fenoprofen
Naprosyn naproxen

ANTINAUSEANT/ANTIEMETIC

Antivert meclizine
Dramamine dyphenhydramine
Marezine cyclizine

ANTIPARKINSONIAN

Akineton biperiden
Artane trihexyphenidyl
Cogentin benztropine mesylate
Larodopa levodopa
Sinemet carbidopa with levodopa

ANTI-PSYCHOTIC

Clozaril clozapine
Compazine prochlorperazine
Eskalith lithium
Haldol haloperidol
Mellaril thioridazine
Navane thiothixene
Orap pimozide
Sparine promazine
Stelazine trifluoperazine
Thorazine chlorpromazine

BRONCHDILATOR

Atrovent ipratropium
Isuprel isoproterenol
Proventil, Ventolin albuterol

DECONGESTANT

Ornade phenylpropanolamine with chlorpheniramine
Sudafed pseudoephedrine

DIURETIC

Diuril chlorothiazide
Dyazide, Maxzide triamterine and hydrochlorothiazide
HydroDIURIL, Esidrix hydrochlorothiazide
Hygroton chlorthalidone
Lasix furosemide
Midamor amiloride

MUSCLE RELAXANT

Flexeril cyclobenzaprine
Lioresal baclofen
Norflex, Disipal orphenadrine

NARCOTIC ANALGESIC

Demerol meperidine
MS Contin morphine

SEDATIVE

Dalmane flurazepam
Halcion triazolam
Restoril temazepam

ANTIDEPRESSANTS
Prozac Norpramin Pertofrane
Elavil Adapin Valium (occassionally)
Imavate SK-Pramine Tofranil
Aventyl Vivactil Zoloft
Paxil Sigequan

ANTIPARKINSONISM
Akineton Artane Laradopa
Parsidol

ANTIHISTAMINES (Cold Medications)
Actifed Benadryl Comtrex
Dimetapp Pheran Triaminic
Vistaril Historal

ANTIHYPERTENSIVES (High Blood Pressure Medication):
Beta Blockers, Diuretics, Anti-Coagulants
Rautensin Isemelin Aldomet
Serpasil Minipress Inversine
Hyperoid Catapres Inderal
Inderide Aquatensin Moderatic
Diazide

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (GASTROINTESTINAL TYPE)
Quarzan Vistrax Combid
Pro-Banthine Anaspaz PB Donnatal
Pathibate

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (URINARY TYPE)
Pyridium Cystospaz Ditropan
Urispas Trac-Tabs

ANTIPSYCHOTIC AGENTS Haldol Rau-Sed Serpasil
Thorazine Stelazine Comazine
Moban Daxolin Lithane
Lithonate

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