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Dry mouth

Some people with advanced illness have a dry mouth, because they produce less saliva or they breathe more through their mouth due to breathlessness.

Oxygen treatment can also cause a dry mouth. Radiotherapy to the head and neck and certain drugs can be another cause. Speak to your doctor if it’s likely that a drug is causing your dry mouth, as a replacement drug may be available. Feeling anxious can also make your mouth feel dry.

A dry mouth can be uncomfortable and change the way your food tastes.