Review: XyliMelts

Review: XyliMelts


What’s the worst part of a hangover? The headache? The upset stomach? The hatred toward your fellow man?

For some, it’s the dry mouth: No matter how much water you drink, that cottonmouth comes back in minutes, keeping you awake all night and aware of all the other symptoms.

Enter XyliMelts, a bizarre solution but one that merits attention: XyliMelts inlcude 500mg of xylitol, an “oral lubricant” and natural sweetener which stimulates saliva creation. To use it, you pop a XyliMelt in your mouth, and once you have it situated between the cheek and gum for 30 seconds, an adhesive side sticks to your gums and keeps the spit production going for anywhere between 1 and 6 hours.

You can use it during the day if your mouth is abnormally dry, but Drinkhacker readers will probably be more interested in the nocturnal application: That’s right, because XyliMelt sticks to your gums, you can leave it in overnight (technically you’re supposed to use two for a full night’s sleep, but I did fairly well with just one).

I tried it last night after Whiskeys of the World — when I knew I’d need it — and the results were kind of shocking: It worked. Yes, it’s a little disconcerting to try to sleep with a tablet slowly dissolving in your mouth, but the constant lubrication is more than worth the oddity, which you get used to in 30 minutes or so. The taste is fine, too: Lightly minty and moderately sweet. (There’s also a “plain” version.)

Given the scary warning that “some bacteria may evolve a resistance to xylitol,” this may not be something you’ll want to use every single day… but to ease the pain from the occasional bender, XyliMelts might be an excellent part of your arsenal. At 12 bucks for 80 tablets, it’s a great deal too.

A- / $12 for 80 tablets / [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]





Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Lin on April 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I just wanted to say that the Xylimelts really do help dry mouth problems. It isn’t hard to sleep with them in your mouth, they stay in place easily and you never realize it is there. It does give you that good nights sleep and doesn’t give you the sticky morning breath that drinking can often give you. I use them for side effects of meds, but yes, they work equally as well for those drinking binges. :)

  2. Anonymous on December 27, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I’ve been waiting for something like this for years and years. I cannot imagine how it has passed me by for so long! I can’t wait to buy it today. If this can work during the day, lasting for some hours, it’ll be my personal Utopia. Likewise night-time – but I have got more used to this, wakeing up bone-dry.
    I have been carrying small Children’s Drink sachets, rinsed out and refilled with water, discreetly ‘hidden’ in my shirt pocket for a very long time, taking a (relatively) discreet sip every few minutes, as necessary.
    When I first started to look this up on the web a few minutes ago, after my wife spotted an article in the Daily Mail, I expected nothing more than the zero-benefit I had found from past product searches.
    But the write-ups here, all being so positive, have given me renewed hope.
    Wish me luck. I’m off now to the chemist, with fingers crossed.
    I’ll let you know how I get on.

  3. JoBeth on March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I am a dental hygienist and I just wanted you all to also know that xylitol helps fight tooth decay! So keep up with the xylimelts, they will help you in more ways than one. Ps- keep them away from your poochies though, can be fatal to dogs and ferrets if ingested.

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