Fighting the Bad Taste

dyaneb123
dyaneb123 Member Posts: 950
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hey Guys
I seem to remember seeing something posted about something you can take to get rid of the bad metal taste from chemo. Anybody know? I can't find the thread.
Thanks
Dee

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  • tommaseena
    tommaseena Member Posts: 1,769
    couple of things
    DO use plastic ware NOT silverware.
    Try 1 tsp baking soda with warm water.

    Hope this helps.

    Hugs, Margo
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member
    cloves
    I used to put a whole clove in my mouth, then bite on it occasionally, it does relieve a lot of the metallic taste, and is sugar free, calorie free, and lasts a long time.
    Cat
  • outdoorgirl
    outdoorgirl Member Posts: 1,565
    They also told me on the paperwork
    that I brought home from the clinic to buy some mints and lemon drops(anything of a strong taste)hard candy to suck on(sugarless if you can-but I don't think lemon drops come sugarless!).
    And Margo's right! Only use plastic ware when you eat,regular silverware will only add to the metallic taste!
  • Moopy23
    Moopy23 Member Posts: 1,751 Member
    Chemo Taste/Mouth Dryness
    Hi, Dee, I don't know anything other than gum and hard candy and plasticware for the metallic taste. I liked Crystal Light's Lemonade-flavored candies.

    But, Christmas Girl, Susan, told us about Biotene products for dry mouth. These are toothpaste, mouthwash, and gum that you can buy at Walmart or Target as well as drugstores. I bought the toothpaste as soon as I learned about it from Susan, and it really helped with the dryness. Just got the mouthwash.

    As far as what foods tend to have taste while you're on chemo, there is a thread from winter called "What is Good to Eat with Chemo," or something like that. It was started by a question sent by Kickcancer. You could search using that User ID or the title. Many people responded and provided really useful suggestions.
  • dyaneb123
    dyaneb123 Member Posts: 950
    Moopy23 said:

    Chemo Taste/Mouth Dryness
    Hi, Dee, I don't know anything other than gum and hard candy and plasticware for the metallic taste. I liked Crystal Light's Lemonade-flavored candies.

    But, Christmas Girl, Susan, told us about Biotene products for dry mouth. These are toothpaste, mouthwash, and gum that you can buy at Walmart or Target as well as drugstores. I bought the toothpaste as soon as I learned about it from Susan, and it really helped with the dryness. Just got the mouthwash.

    As far as what foods tend to have taste while you're on chemo, there is a thread from winter called "What is Good to Eat with Chemo," or something like that. It was started by a question sent by Kickcancer. You could search using that User ID or the title. Many people responded and provided really useful suggestions.

    Thanks Moopy
    The Biotene was

    Thanks Moopy
    The Biotene was what I was thinking of I think. I got some magic mouthwash from the Onc. today
    for soreness...my tongue feels like when you suck on too much hard candy already so I think I'll skip the candy for now.
  • Moopy23
    Moopy23 Member Posts: 1,751 Member
    dyaneb123 said:

    Thanks Moopy
    The Biotene was

    Thanks Moopy
    The Biotene was what I was thinking of I think. I got some magic mouthwash from the Onc. today
    for soreness...my tongue feels like when you suck on too much hard candy already so I think I'll skip the candy for now.

    Mouthwash
    You're welcome, fellow TN girl.

    I thought Magic Mouthwash was a prescription item, but I did see a rinse called Magic Mouthwash at Target today. Don't know if it is the same as what your onc. gave you, though.
  • dyaneb123
    dyaneb123 Member Posts: 950
    Moopy23 said:

    Mouthwash
    You're welcome, fellow TN girl.

    I thought Magic Mouthwash was a prescription item, but I did see a rinse called Magic Mouthwash at Target today. Don't know if it is the same as what your onc. gave you, though.

    Yeah, he called it in to my
    Yeah, he called it in to my drug store. It is prescription don't know about the Target stuff..very interesting...where did you get the Biotene?
  • Moopy23
    Moopy23 Member Posts: 1,751 Member
    dyaneb123 said:

    Yeah, he called it in to my
    Yeah, he called it in to my drug store. It is prescription don't know about the Target stuff..very interesting...where did you get the Biotene?

    Biotene
    Susan suggested Target and Walmart, and that is where I have found the products. I believe I also saw them at my local grocery store. But--you do have to actively look for the Biotene section. The shelf space is very small, compared to the other national brands, and it may be up high or lower. Also, usually it's with the toothpaste section. but not always. I have seen it in the Health section.


    I really like the toothpaste. It has a mild flavor that does not burn my mouth. (My mouth was very sensitive during chemo. I could not drink any carbonated beverages. They just caused an explosion in my mouth. I am still not drinking them, which is fine because I'm pretty much forced to drink water instead of soda. My only other beverage is tea.

    I think I recall Susan writing that she also liked the gum. My sister got me to try a sugarless gum called 5. Very stylized package with the letter 5 in the far corner and strange names for the flavors. I like Rain. But any of them help produce saliva especially well, I've found.
  • Christmas Girl
    Christmas Girl Member Posts: 3,682 Member
    Moopy23 said:

    Biotene
    Susan suggested Target and Walmart, and that is where I have found the products. I believe I also saw them at my local grocery store. But--you do have to actively look for the Biotene section. The shelf space is very small, compared to the other national brands, and it may be up high or lower. Also, usually it's with the toothpaste section. but not always. I have seen it in the Health section.


    I really like the toothpaste. It has a mild flavor that does not burn my mouth. (My mouth was very sensitive during chemo. I could not drink any carbonated beverages. They just caused an explosion in my mouth. I am still not drinking them, which is fine because I'm pretty much forced to drink water instead of soda. My only other beverage is tea.

    I think I recall Susan writing that she also liked the gum. My sister got me to try a sugarless gum called 5. Very stylized package with the letter 5 in the far corner and strange names for the flavors. I like Rain. But any of them help produce saliva especially well, I've found.

    Glad the Biotene recommendation helped you, Moopy... :-)
    And to Dee:

    Please DO try these oral care products during chemo. Prior to beginning treatment, my med onc "ordered" me (am not kidding!) to use nothing else. Then, when I had my teeth cleaned also prior to treatment - my dentist recommended the line, too.

    Dee, unfortunately - nothing will totally "cure" chemo-induced taste buds malfunction. However, the Biotene mouthwash helped me quite a bit, even if just temporarily. It's so gentle, you can swish it around several times a day, if needed (vs. the "everyday" stuff). Has something to do with rebalancing the PH levels in the mouth, if I remember correctly.

    Now years later for me, I've gone back to my favorite "regular" toothpaste. But, still use the Biotene mouthwash. Everything else burns too much for comfort. Also, when I go for my regular 6-month checkups - my dentist continues to comment on the "great health" of my gums. I swear, it's the Biotene mouthwash!

    Hoping these suggestions and products provide you with some relief, Dee.

    Kind regards, Susan
  • dyaneb123
    dyaneb123 Member Posts: 950

    Glad the Biotene recommendation helped you, Moopy... :-)
    And to Dee:

    Please DO try these oral care products during chemo. Prior to beginning treatment, my med onc "ordered" me (am not kidding!) to use nothing else. Then, when I had my teeth cleaned also prior to treatment - my dentist recommended the line, too.

    Dee, unfortunately - nothing will totally "cure" chemo-induced taste buds malfunction. However, the Biotene mouthwash helped me quite a bit, even if just temporarily. It's so gentle, you can swish it around several times a day, if needed (vs. the "everyday" stuff). Has something to do with rebalancing the PH levels in the mouth, if I remember correctly.

    Now years later for me, I've gone back to my favorite "regular" toothpaste. But, still use the Biotene mouthwash. Everything else burns too much for comfort. Also, when I go for my regular 6-month checkups - my dentist continues to comment on the "great health" of my gums. I swear, it's the Biotene mouthwash!

    Hoping these suggestions and products provide you with some relief, Dee.

    Kind regards, Susan

    Thanks guys, I'll try to
    Thanks guys, I'll try to find some today.
  • Kathy09
    Kathy09 Member Posts: 99
    dyaneb123 said:

    Thanks guys, I'll try to
    Thanks guys, I'll try to find some today.

    Bad taste
    Oh how I remember//// I used to suck on popsicles the old time cherry orange and grape. Yhe fruit ones were too much acid. I also can remember eating tuna and crackers actually found myself sucking on the tuna to try and rid this taste, that worked alittle if you like mayo and tuna.