Dear Friends, Couldn't let go of this topic so did some lit research tonight.
There is a very useful review of the problem, causes and treatments at the American Academy of Family Physicians web site. Article is Sialorrhea: A Management Challenge. It's at http://aafp.or/afp/20040601/2628.html
. That led me to many other clinical articles. Basically, treatments range from focused X-ray, Botox injections, surgical diversion of the ducts, medications. Authors do recommend ruling out oral probloems, GERD, etc. The meds are mentioned along with warnings about side effects, especially for those with neuro diseases. I also read about Rubinol which I mentioned previously, and realize I wouldn't give it to my mom - again, nasty side effects. I'd consider the Botox, which has to be repeated every few months, but mom is terrified of needles, so probably wouldn't let the MD near her.
I do want to find out how to reduce the irritation of skin where mom drools. Skin is turning red due to the enzymes in the saliva, and she says it stings. Acidic, so of course it may hurt.
As always, you're all in my thoughts.