- Relieving Adderall Tongue: Tips and Tricks
- Stay Hydrated
- Use Artificial Saliva Products
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum or Suck on Sugar-Free Candy
- Take Care of Your Teeth
- Use a Tongue Scraper
- Avoid Spicy or Acidic Foods
- Limit Caffeine Intake
- Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products
- Use a Humidifier
- Breathe Through Your Nose
- Why Does Adderall Tongue Happen?
- What is Adderall Tongue?
Relieving Adderall Tongue: Tips and Tricks
Adderall tongue is a common side effect of Adderall that can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. However, there are ways to alleviate this condition. Here are some tips and tricks to help relieve Adderall tongue:
Adderall and other ADHD medications can cause dehydration, so it’s essential to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of fluid per day. Take frequent sips of water instead of drinking a whole glass at once.
Use Artificial Saliva Products
Artificial saliva products such as sprays or lozenges can help moisten the tissue and last longer than water. Many different brands of these products are available over the counter at drug stores, and they can be used multiple times a day.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum or Suck on Sugar-Free Candy
Sugar-free gum or candy contains xylitol, which increases salivary flow and can help prevent dental decay. Avoid sucking candy that contains sugar because it will increase your risk of dental decay.
Take Care of Your Teeth
Use toothpaste that contains fluoride and talk to your dentist about applying fluoride regularly. This will help strengthen enamel and protect your teeth from bacteria in your mouth. Clean your teeth twice a day, use an interdental brush to get in between the gaps in your teeth, and choose alcohol-free mouthwashes. Apply lip balm to your lips.
Use a Tongue Scraper
If there is a coating on your tongue, use a tongue scraper to gently scrape your tongue from the back to the front.
Avoid Spicy or Acidic Foods
Spicy or acidic foods can irritate the mouth and cause further dryness, so it’s best to avoid them.
Limit Caffeine Intake
Limit the amount of caffeine you drink in coffee, tea, soda, and energy beverages.
Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products
Don’t smoke cigarettes, vape, or chew tobacco products.
Use a Humidifier
Put a humidifier in your room, especially if you are prone to sleeping with your mouth open.
Breathe Through Your Nose
Try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth.
Why Does Adderall Tongue Happen?
The amphetamines contained in Adderall cause a dry mouth and tongue mainly through a direct effect in the brain involving alpha-adrenoceptors. They also cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels, which results in a shrinkage of the blood vessels in your gums and less saliva production. Adderall makes you more likely to sweat, which means less water in your body and less water in your mouth.
What is Adderall Tongue?
Adderall tongue is the name given to a cluster of symptoms that affect some people who take Adderall regularly. It may also be called Adderall Cottonmouth or Adderall dry mouth. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include a very dry mouth and tongue, a raw and sore tongue, altered sense of taste, bad breath (halitosis), burning or painful mouth, dry lips, inflammation and crusting of the corners of the mouth, swelling inside the tongue and mouth, ulcers or sores on the tongue, increased plaque build-up, increased tooth decay, increased sensitivity to hot food, drinks, and sweets, and a white film over the tongue.
In some people, the following symptoms may also occur: biting or chewing of the tongue, lips, or inner cheeks, oral ticks such as tongue thrusting, repetitive tongue and mouth movements, often involuntary, teeth clenching or grinding (this is called bruxism), and tongue sucking.
One case study reported on a person who bit off small portions of their tongue and lips after taking ADHD medications. Animal studies have also reported compulsive self-licking as a common side effect of ADHD medications.
Adderall tongue may occur temporarily, such as when first starting on Adderall or after a dose increase. But for many people, it persists for the entire time they are using Adderall.
Adderall is a combination of amphetamine salts, and research has shown that both amphetamines and methylphenidates can cause dry mouth and other mouth and tongue-related symptoms.