Could Mac treatment cause food to taste bad?

Posted by hayn3705 @hayn3705, May 10, 2020

I have been on antibiotics for MAC for 6 weeks-the big 3 on MWF. I have 0 appetite and food doesn’t taste good. Sometimes my tongue burns and mouth feels dry. Is this common?

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@onana I'm off 13 months of daily Big 3 since mid Feb. (had to substitute Ciprofloxacin for Azithromycin for the last half of treatment because of ototoxicity). I had dry mouth before starting, but worse while on the meds, and I also had the change of tastes and the burning tongue. I tried meds for yeast for the tongue, but they didn't really help. The only thing that worked was eating yogurt which I don't really like. But it was worth it! The burning never completely went away, but if it got better and I began to slack off on the yogurt, the burning would come roaring right back. I also ate kefir with fruit and honey and that worked too. For the dry mouth, I use Xylimelt tablets at bedtime, one in each cheek. I like the mint free ones. And during the day, I use Biotene mouth rinse for some short term relief. I think it helps relieve the burning a bit as well.
My infectious Disease doc advised me to continue probiotics for 6 months after stopping the antibiotics, and I have continued to need the yogurt as well, although I think the burning tongue is beginning to need less attention. This whole business (disease and treatment) is certainly an adventure!
Hope this helps!

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Onana, I had the burning tongue for yrs. It drove me up the wall. I too ate yogurt to soothe it. I am happy to report that it has gone away for the most part. I do have food triggers that will bring it back on though. The main one is wine, more than one glass will cause the burning. If I eat red tomatoe sauce, that will bring it on also. Just thought I'd let you know that there is hope that you will be rid of it some day.


Hello Irene. I was curious about whether you have been able to put some weight back on?

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@windwalker Hi Terri. I have been able to put back about 5 pounds. Irene


@windwalker Thanks for letting me know that your experience with burning tongue finally let up. I've had the same aggravation from wine and tomato sauce, plus all citrus, and a few other acidic foods. It's encouraging to hear there may be an end to this and a bit more relaxation around food.

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