The use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as antihistamines (especially 1st generation antihistamines) and decongestants can worsen dryness of the mouth, throat and salivation glands which can have an impact on your vocals. Antihistamines such as Benadryl include side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness and should be avoided when combating dryness. However, if you experience seasonal allergies and/or travel to different areas of the country I recommend the use of Zyrtec, Claritin, or Allegra to prevent worsening of allergies and the post-nasal drip that often triggers the cough reflex. Keep in mind to be consistent with hydration throughout the day to counteract the dryness that could be experienced with the use of these medications.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, diuretics, anti-diabetic medications, etc. could induce cough, dry mouth and throat. The use of an ACE inhibitor has a side effect of cough associated with it. Therefore, if you are experiencing a dry, nagging cough and is on an ACE inhibitor I recommend consulting with your physician to consider a change in medication.
Make sure to keep your blood sugar under control throughout the day. Experiencing higher than normal blood glucose levels triggers the body’s natural response to get rid of sugar and one way is through urination. Moreover, the use of certain anti-diabetic medications promotes urination in order to control blood glucose levels. The use of diuretics to treat high blood pressure promotes urination for the removal of excess salt and fluid. Remember, with excessive urination comes dehydration. This is not an all-inclusive list nor a plan to self diagnose or to treat any health condition. Consult with your physician for further evaluation.
Mary L. Washington
Pharmacist | Voiceover Artist | Singer