Misdiagnosis of Medication Causes of Sjogren's Syndrome


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About medication causes: Another misdiagnosis possibility is that a particular medication or substance may be the real cause of the disease. Certain medications, chemicals, toxins or substances may possibly be underlying causes of Sjogren's Syndrome. Side effects of medications, or exposure to toxins, chemicals, or other substances may cause a symptom or condition. Hence, they become possible underlying causes of Sjogren's Syndrome but are often misdiagnosed or overlooked as a cause. For a general overview of this misdiagnosis issue, see Medication Underlying Cause Misdiagnosis.

Medication causes: Medicines and Dryness

Certain drugs can contribute to eye and mouth dryness. If you take any of the drugs listed below, ask your doctor whether they could be causing symptoms. However, don't stop taking them without asking your doctor--he or she may already have adjusted the dose to help protect you against drying side effects or chosen a drug that's least likely to cause dryness.

Drugs that can cause dryness include

  • Antihistamines

  • Decongestants

  • Diuretics

  • Some antidiarrhea drugs

  • Some antipsychotic drugs

  • Tranquilizers

  • Some blood pressure medicines

  • Antidepressants

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Medicines and Dryness

Certain drugs can contribute to eye and mouth dryness. If you take any of the drugs listed below, ask your doctor whether they could be causing symptoms. However, don't stop taking them without asking your doctor--he or she may already have adjusted the dose to help protect you against drying side effects or chosen a drug that's least likely to cause dryness.

Drugs that can cause dryness include

  • Antihistamines

  • Decongestants

  • Diuretics

  • Some antidiarrhea drugs

  • Some antipsychotic drugs

  • Tranquilizers

  • Some blood pressure medicines

  • Antidepressants

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers About Sjögren's Syndrome: NIAMS
2. excerpt from Questions and Answers About Sj”gren's Syndrome: NIAMS

Last revision: June 16, 2003

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