Objective: A study was undertaken to assess the efficacy of an oral anticholinergic drug, glycopyrrolate, in the management of drooling in children and young adults with disabilities.
Methodology: Glycopyrrolate was used by 24 children and young adults for up to 28 months. Parents/carers were asked to complete a questionnaire on the effects of the drug on severity and frequency of drooling and to report any side-effects.
Results: Twenty-two questionnaires were returned. There was a statistically significant decrease in both severity and frequency of drooling with minimal side-effects reported.
Conclusion: In this preliminary study, glycopyrrolate was found to be an effective and well-tolerated addition to the management of drooling in children with disabilities.