Fareha N. Malik, M.D. is a fellowship trained psychiatrist who specializes in psychiatric care of adults, adolescents and children. She is double-board certified in both general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Malik specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various mental health issues. These include depression, anxiety, ADD (attention-deficit disorder), ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), obsessions and compulsions, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and others.
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Xerostomia, commonly known as “dry mouth,” is a reported side effect of >1,800 drugs from >80 classes. This condition often goes unrecognized and untreated, but it can significantly affect patients’ quality of life and cause oral and medical health problems. Although psychotropic medications are not the only offenders, they comprise a large portion of the agents that can cause dry mouth. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, anticholinergics, and alpha agonists can cause xerostomia. The risk of salivary hypofunction increases with polypharmacy and may be especially likely when ≥3 drugs are taken per day. Read more…