Eating and Drooling Problems with Parkinson’s Disease
Drooling can affect Parkinsonian patients at the advanced stage of the disease. It’s due to the loss of automatic reflex swallowing of the saliva during the day. Some medication can dry the mouth, but can also give rise to memory loss and confusion; sometimes the use of 1 drop of Atropine solution directly into the mouth 3 times a day can help.
Botox injections into the salivary glands block the production of salivation for about 4 to 6 months. This treatment is available at Dr Marion’s practice. These injections can be performed during the consultation and the patient can go home without any discomfort; the treatment takes effect 3 to 6 days later.