Does Celexa-induced dry mouth go away? (3+ tips)

In this article, we will discuss whether dry mouth caused by Celexa as a side effect goes away easily or not. We will also discuss some tips to manage this side effect.

Does Celexa-induced dry mouth go away?

Celexa-induced dry mouth does go away or resolve within a few days of taking the medication. In some cases, dry mouth may improve after a few weeks or months of taking the medication as your body adjusts to it.

Celexa, a brand for Citalopram, is an antidepressant typically prescribed for treating depression and anxiety. Celexa works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin ( a brain chemical) (1).

Celexa is commonly associated with several side effects like dry mouth, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Although these side effects may resolve after some time, in some people, they may persist for the duration of the treatment.

Always consult your doctor or healthcare provider while taking Celexa. They can help manage the side effects and provide guidance throughout your treatment with Celexa.

Should you be concerned about dry mouth caused by Celexa?

You should not worry about Celexa-induced dry mouth, especially if you are new to this medication or antidepressants in general. However, this side effect starts to get better within a few weeks as your body adjusts to the medication and the way it makes you feel. That’s when the side effects will stop bothering you.

However, if you continue to feel this way after weeks and weeks of your treatment, you should definitely report it to your healthcare provider. This may be a sign of dehydration due to Celexa.

Drink plenty of water throughout your treatment with antidepressants to maintain proper hydration and prevent side effects like dry mouth and dehydration.

Tips to manage Celexa-induced dry mouth

Tips to manage dry mouth due to Celexa include (2):

Hydration: Consume as much water to prevent dry mouth even if you are not experiencing thirst.

Alcohol and caffeine consumption: Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics, increasing urine production and causing dehydration which ultimately results in dry mouth. To stay hydrated drink plenty of water alongside these beverages and limit their consumption (3).

Increase moisture in the air: To prevent dry mouth increase moisture in your room by using a humidifier.

Avoid tobacco: Tobacco can increase the severity of dry mouth, so use tobacco products with caution.

Dietary choices: Change your dietary choices by eating less spicy and moist food to alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth.

OTC Sialagogues: Take OTC sialagogues (medications that increase saliva secretion) under the guidance of your healthcare provider to prevent dry mouth (4).

Breathing: Avoid breathing through the mouth as it can lead to dry mouth and cracked lips. So inhale through your nostrils.

When to consult your healthcare provider?

If you are experiencing dry mouth as a side effect of Celexa that does not go away or become bothersome, it is advisable to consult your healthcare provider and discuss potential solutions or adjustments to your medication.

Always reach out to your healthcare provider to manage the side effects related to your medication like a dry mouth to ensure the safe use of your medication.


In conclusion, dry mouth is a common side effect of Celexa, and its persistence or resolution can vary from person to person. To alleviate this side effect effectively, it is important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

If Celexa-induced dry mouth does not go away and affects your daily life, it is important to discuss it with your healthcare provider. They can guide managing the side effects and explore potential adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary.

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