Check your meds: do they affect your voice?
(select the drug group from the dropdown menu below)

N = No known effects on voice or speech mechanisms
D = Dry mouth. Dry mucous membranes can result in hoarseness, sore throat, and
voice changes. Dry vocal folds may be more prone to injuries, such as nodules
O = Overgrowth of Candida, possibly leading to laryngeal thrush
Th = Throat irritation and dryness, cough, hoarseness and voice changes. Dry vocal folds may be more prone to injuries, such as nodules
T = Tremors
P = Decreased platelet function. Vocal performers, particularly, should be cautious during periods of strenuous voicing demands, due to an increased possibility of vocal fold hemorrhage
B = Beneficial when used, carefully monitored by a physician, to shrink swollen vocal tissues. Not advisable for patients with vocal fold ulcers, hemorrhages, or acute laryngitis
R = May benefit the voice when taken to control laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) since uncontrolled spillage of stomach acids into the larynx is harmful to delicate vocal fold tissues
S = Slurred speech and symptoms of dysarthria (slow, uncoordinated speech)
G = Increased cough and gastroesophageal reflux
C = Excessive coughing which may lead to possible vocal tissue damage and hoarseness
M = Could affect the voice due to strong effects on muscles
L = Uninhibited or diminished drive to speak

The above list was created with the aid of an experienced pharmacist and voice scientists of the NCVS.  It is provided as information only and is not meant to supersede your physician’s counsel.  All pharmacological choices should be done with consultation of your doctor.

Source: National Center for Voice and Speech ( - 2012)