Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Relief From Sjogren's Syndrome

Monday, 14 November 2011 02:03 PM

Question: What can be done for Sjogren's syndrome? I was told by a doctor at a metabolic clinic that I caused it by stopping the diet he had me on. I was also given special enzymes to take before eating. I hate the dry mouth and dry eyes, my taste buds are ruined, and my mouth feels awful. Currently I take Evoxac (30 mg) three times a day. I am also a Type-2, insulin-dependent diabetic.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Sjogren's syndrome is a condition where salivary gland secretions dry up. It is believed to have an autoimmune basis. The Evoxac three times daily is designed to improve your secretions as a salivary stimulant, but sometimes much more is needed. Local drops of cyclosporin (Restasis) will help dry eye, and immune suppressants are often used to modify Sjogren's. Immune-suppressant therapy is usually initiated by a rheumatologist, so I recommend you seek consultation as soon as possible, since you are too uncomfortable with your present insufficient management program.

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Sjogren's syndrome, in which salivary gland secretions dry up and other health problems occur, has an autoimmune basis and can be treated.
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