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    I’m a caregiver for my wife who has been on dialysis for 7 months now ... for the last month she has and still is experiencing constant dry mouth , food tasting awful to the point of loss of appetite and (as a direct result I imagine) differing levels of depression.
    Can’t seem to get any hints or suggestions from nurses or Dr. ?

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    I am a hemodialysis patient with the same problem. I have been sucking on hard candies - Werther's and Altoid's - to help with dry mouth between meals. When I am eating a meal, I take a sip of water after each bite. The water helps by replacing the saliva I don't have and by helping food to taste good. I haven't found anything else that works for me. There is a mouth wash called Biotene that keeps your mouth wet. It has a nice minty flavor.

    I take walks each day to help with my depression. I have avoided medicating for depression, however it is an option.

    Post with any questions and I will try to answer them.

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