• xerostomia;
  • mouthwash;
  • palliative management;
  • clinical trial

doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2012.00626.x

Evaluation of the efficacy of two mouthrinses formulated for the relief of xerostomia of diverse origin in adult subjects

Objective:  To evaluate the efficacy of two new mouthrinses in the reduction of xerostomía-associated symptomatology.

Background:  Xerostomia is a common chronic health condition that affects a great number of adults and significantly deteriorates quality of life, such that treatment is necessary.

Materials and methods:  Sixty-seven adult subjects of both sexes presenting xerostomia of diverse origin were selected. Mouthrinses were tested using a double-blind, randomized, cross-over clinical trial with an intervining wash out period.

Results:  The 100% of subjects presented sensation of dry mouth, and 86% stated sensation of thick saliva. Burning tongue sensation, need to drink liquids to swallow and the sensation of swallowing difficulty were recorded in more than 50% of the patients. The most frequent pathologies in the sample were depression, arthritis, and arterial hypertension. Results of the clinical tests showed that mouthrinse 1 relieves sensation of dry mouth, need to drink liquids, and swallowing difficulty. In contrast, mouthrinse 2 relieves only latter two symptoms. Both rinses were more effective in relieving xerostomía-associated symptomatology in patients taking 3 or more medicines simultaneously.

Conclusion:  Both mouthrinses were effective in relieving various xerostomia symptoms, could be distributed at a low cost, thereby improving the quality of life of population affected.