Excess saliva

My husband is suffering with excess saliva. Other than sucking on sweets and drinking water does anyone have any advice please. I’ve heard there is a spray available which can help?

I’d be interested.
I’m like a bloody Labrador at times.

My husband is too. Some days it dreadful and so embarrassing for him when we are out. If I find anything out I will post straightaway

My Dad was given an Atropine patch for drooling - it took a week before the side affects vanished - he couldn’t stand, or talk and was totally confused. Never again!

Hi @Chocqueen11,

I see you’ve already received some comments from some of our lovely members, however, I thought I’d quickly chime in here too. You may not be aware but we have a ‘Eating, swallowing and saliva control’ section on the Parkinson’s UK website which has a lot of useful information on ways to manage saliva which you can find here, https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/eating-swallowing-and-saliva-control.

I hope you find this useful.

Best wishes,


Dry mouth and Excess saliva.
Symptom or Side effect
Only with Parkinson’s !!!:thinking:

Hi Chocqueen11 This is one of the many symptoms I get a lot and actually drooled while stood at a buffet a few months ago. Oh how much I clicked my shoes together that night saying “There’s no place like home”.

Anyway I spoke to my PD nurse about this and she told me to chew sugar free gum as it helps to swallow more often reducing the build up of saliva. more swallowing will also helps build up the throat muscles. This may also help with the bad coughing fits, chest infections and breathing due to bits of food getting stuck down wrong hole when eating.

I am seeing a Speech & Swallowing Specialist on Tuesday due to Asphyxia concerns so will post here any tips or exercises I’m given.


My voice has gone very quiet and I feel like I am losing peoples attention because of this.
I have never been a shouter but people listened when I spoke.

Hi @Hubby,

Have you considered speech therapy? A speech therapist can help you with your communication, from facial expression and body language to speech and communication aids. If you speak to your GP and/or Parkinson’s they can make a referral to a speech therapist.

We have a lot of information on our website. including some useful contacts for speech and communication issues which you can find here, https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/speech-and-communication-issues.

I hope you find this information useful.

Best wishes,

Dear All, My mind has been a bit all over the place at moment. So much so my appointment i mentioned I was going to I missed. I arrived at the wrong hospital at 9.30am instead of 9.00am.

Not sure how I managed that but think all the changes going on muddled my thought process (I know but let me pretend) and another appointment took over. The wrong hospital phoned the right hospital for me so hoped that helped in some way.


Thanks again.
I’m doing my best to work things out for myself at the moment.
Probably against all best advice.


You’re welcome and do take care. :slightly_smiling_face:


100% symptom, as I’m not on any medication for it to be a side effect.

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Thank you @Scouseblue that at least clears my question up.
I would be very interested in how you are coping without medication,?
How long has it been since you were diagnosed and which of your current symptoms if any do you struggle with?
I was diagnosed with PD 4 years ago, aged 70 at the time and have struggled with finding the right balance of medication for this everchanging condition we have.
Take care of yourself,

Hi malc,

I am still waiting to see my neurologist to be diagnosed,been waiting since around 10th February, but my symptoms are, no left arm swing, slowness in walking, also walk like I’ve had a few too many, tremors in left arm/hand, also internal tremors, stiffness, aswell as the too much saliva problem but my mouth and lips feel so dry, amongst a few other things like joint pain etc, my doc sent me for a brain and spine MRI as he thought it could be ms, results came back on thursday and it’s not ms, he just told me I just have to wait now to see the neurologist,my walking and stiffness seems to be worse of a night, :man_shrugging: