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Post Zyprexa/drooling
I did a search for zyprexa, to see if drooling was a side effect. If we could eliminate drooling or at least lessen it, life would be so much nicer. I know few are taking this med but if your LO is, do they have a problem with drooling? Frank's also on namenda 10mg x2 and aricept 5mg.
Thank you in advance, Gerry

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Gerry 67, cared for Frank 71, married 49 yrs; dx 2004, passed away October 26, 2011.


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It is strange that you mention drooling. Just this week, Dale told me that he had started drooling and I looked for information about it. I know he has a hankie in his hand all the time but I thought it was because of his constant runny nose.

I could be wrong but I believe drooling is one of the Lewy symptoms and not a side effect of anything. Dale takes only Sinemet, Seroquel, and Synthroid.

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Post Re: Zyprexa/drooling
Drooling is part of Lewy for some, some worse than others, I use to keep a large bib on my husband , just as it appeared out of no where it stopped but it was a long time it happened.

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Post Re: Zyprexa/drooling
My husband has been drooling for years. We go through rolls of paper towels every week. It seems that any medications that can stop drooling are bad for LBD. Some use botox treatments, I guess, but we haven't given that serious thought.

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I've tried to see who posted that her husband was on zyprexa for a short time and started drooling, after stopping the zyprexa, in time the drooling stopped. I have kept a journal since day 1 and looked back at it last night. Frank started on zyprexa Oct. 9, 2007 and started drooling Oct. 16, 2007. We have tried botox, it didn't help, had injection 3 times, increased each time without any results. I'm not thrill driving into Boston so we stopped going, maybe, in time, it might have help. We also had trouble getting his insurance to pay for it, if it had help, even a little, I would have paid out of pocket. Frank's drooling is like a steady stream, he doesn't know he's drooling until it hits his hand so when we're out I keep a constant eye on him. At home we have spots on everything, if I don't see it on the wooden furniture, it eats thru the finish.

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Gerry 67, cared for Frank 71, married 49 yrs; dx 2004, passed away October 26, 2011.


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Post Re: Zyprexa/drooling
This might be annoying but chewing gum or sucking on a candy can help with drooling. It reminds the person to swallow.

I've never heard of drooling as a side effect of Zyprexa. It is a very common non-motor symptom of PD and PD-related disorders. Could you find drooling as a side effect on a place like rxlist.com or drugs.com? Maybe it's due to the anti-dopaminergic properties of Zyprexa.


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Post Re: Zyprexa/drooling
Robin, Thank you, I have checked the drug web sites and read the info the drug store gives you, and your right, none of them mention drooling as a side effect. It was just the timing of the start of zyprexa and the drooling shortly after. I guess I'm just grasping at straws. We have tried gum and hard candy, he throws the gum out within minutes and when the candy is gone we have "sticky" drool for awhile.

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Gerry,

I can see that "regular drool" would be preferable to "sticky drool."

If your husband is not still walking, you might try a scopolamine patch. I don't know if they could be cut in half. Or atropine eye drops. Both are anticholinergic and shouldn't be given to someone with dementia, but you might try a very small dose one time to see the result.

Robin


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Post Re: Zyprexa/drooling
Robin, We have tried the scopolamine patch, his confusion increased ten fold, we didn't cut it, I am going to ask his Dr. about the atropine, we have an appointment next week. Thanks again,
Gerry

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