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Xerostomia Update: Comprehensive and Systematic Diagnosis and Management

By Mark Donaldson, BSP, ACPR, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE
Commercial Supporter: GlaxoSmithKline

Oral dryness is a ubiquitous oral health symptom, with up to 50% of the population experiencing this condition. Despite the high prevalence of xerostomia in the overall population, standard treatment guidelines do not exist. Management is usually individualized for the specific patient and should be targeted at the underlying pathophysiology of the disease. Accurately diagnosing xerostomia is critical for patients to receive the best treatment possible. Successful treatment often involves a multimodal approach.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe the underlying pathophysiology of xerostomia beyond "dry mouth."
  • Recognize commonly used medications that may cause xerostomia.
  • Explain current treatment strategies for xerostomia.

About the Author

Mark Donaldson, BSP, ACPR, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE
Associate Principal, Vizient Pharmacy Advisory Solutions, Irving, Texas; Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia;  Fellow, American Society of Hospital Pharmacists; Fellow, American  College of Healthcare Executives

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