Saliva substitutes (By mouth)


Reduces dryness in your mouth and throat. Also aids in treating mouth sores caused by radiation or chemotherapy.

Brand Name(s)

Aquoral, Caphosol, Moi-Stir, Mouth Kote Dry Mouth, Mouthkote, Numoisyn, SalivaSure

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine

Liquid, Lozenge, Spray, Swab

  • You can use this medicine as often as you need to or as directed by your doctor.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • To use the spray: Do not shake the spray. Pump the spray in to the air once before using it for the first time. Hold the can upright very close to your mouth, then spray the medicine into your mouth. After spraying you can swallow or spit it out.
  • Do not inhale the spray or get it into your eyes. Do not use this medicine near heat or open flame and do not puncture the container.
  • The oral solution needs to be mixed first before you can use it. Swish with half of the solution thoroughly for 1 minute and then spit it out. Repeat with the second half of the solution and then spit it out. Make sure that you use the solution immediately after mixing.
  • Do not eat or drink anything for at least 15 minutes after you have used this medicine.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not refrigerate.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any other medicine to treat your dry mouth or throat.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Tell your doctor about all the allergies you have before using this medicine.
  • This medicine contains sodium. Make sure your doctor knows if you are on a low salt diet before you start using this medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 12/4/2015

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