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Morphine and dental decay

suezqssuezq Posts: 3
edited 11/27/2015 - 6:27 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi everyone I need your help. I am a chronic pain patient and I have arachnoiditis for the last 26yrs and was on ms contin for yrs 100mg 6x's/day. This caused me to have extreme dry mouth or what they call xerostomia. This also caused me severe dental decay because of
the dry mouth which lead to me needing teeth extraction, root canals, bridges and implants. I would like to know if this has happened to any of you in the community and if you would be willing to share your story with me. I would also like to know if you know of any research article or any article on ms contin causing dry mouth leading to dental decay. I need this information to give to my insurance company to prove to them that this drug does in fact cause dry mouth and decay. I thank you all in advance for your information!!!!! You can email me @ rmbrnpt-jk@comcast.net. I hope you have a low pain day!

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  • JAM661JJAM661 Posts: 121
    edited 11/28/2015 - 6:25 PM
    I have been on Ms Contin for 13 years and have had the same problems I have probably spent $20,000 in the past 10 years for dental bills in trying to save my teeth. I know one of the side effects of morphine and a lot of other drugs is dry mouth. What has helped make the dry mouth less bothersome is chewing a lot of sugarless gum. I think the medication effects some more then others when it comes to dry mouth and dental decay but It would be interesting to find out how many people taking MS Contin are severely effect with dental decay. Dry mouth for a side effect MS Contin is listed in the PDR. May I ask why you are trying to prove this to your insurance company?
  • not just morphine. To combat it , there are several products biotene , for one that is used to treat dry mouth caused by medications and other conditions.
    Dry mouth allows the bacteria to sit in your mouth, surrounding your teeth and gums, causing decay to occur.
    Regular cleanings at the dentist and using products to combat the dry mouth are the only options I know of to try to prevent problems.

  • To JAM661: the reason I am trying to prove this to my insurance co. Is because I have a disease called arachnoiditis which I got while working, thus a work related injury and the medications I took were for that disease, so ultimately the insurance co. Is responsible for paying the bill. And to sandi123: I have been on Biotene for years along with Act mouth rinse and Prevident 5000 toothpaste 2x a day for yrs. I also do flouride treatments for a hour each day and I STILL have dry mouth and dental decay!!! Thank you very much for your responses.
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