Third day post chemo and terrible taste in my mouth. Any suggestions?
Have tried ice water, popsicle, candied ginger, ginger tea – not much relief. Also feeling very lethargic. Thanks for any ideas. I’m new at this.
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I have Biotene mouth rinse, lozenges and gel
They do help. Drinking prune juice. Lots of carb cravings.
You’ll be so happy to be done with that chemo and your body will too! Eventually your taste buds will return, the nausea will subside and hopefully that nasty taste is history for you (along with the cancer!)
I remember it took my intestinal tract a little while to settle down into a ‘normal rhythm’ after getting off the anti-nausea meds. They helped immeasurable to keep food down but they also tend to slow down the peristaltic movement of our guts.
Have you tried any Xlimelts or Biotene products for your dry mouth?
Whatever works, right?
Two more sessions – June 7 and 28. Worst days are 4-9 after chemo session. By day 11, I’m pretty much back to feeling normal, except for VERY dry mouth when I wake up in the morning. I take Compazine and Zofran for the nausea, plus prilosec in the morning and olazapine at night.
Lemon juice in water, lemonade – but leery of the sugar. Room temp water is actually better than cold. Peach nectar, too.
Weirdly, strong tasting food helped me. Extra sharp cheddar cheese, pickles, even pickle juice. Also ginger chews, candied ginger and ginger tea.
Thank you, @ncteacher. Very helpful.
I'm a lurker from the pancreatic cancer board. I had chemo for ovarian in 2007 and am in again, this time for pan can. I've found that table salt "disappears" on food; I can't taste it, so everything tastes flat. A coarser-grind kosher salt works much better for me. Last time, I couldn't stand lemon. TicTacs helped me counter the lousy taste in my mouth. This time, lemon works well. Lemonade is particularly tasty. Re food, we have experimented and played to food jags and whims. We have so much weird stuff in this house–pudding, Jell-o, Pop Tarts. I just finished chemo no. 3, and we may have the nausea under control. Some foods I found OK when I was dicey were baked potatoes, rice, light cream sauces, pudding, sorbet. Eat tiny, tiny amounts more often, just enough to keep you going. Basically, I am going for calories and not worrying about nutrition. If I get the calories, I've helped fuel myself, even if it's not optimal. Good luck! I hope they can help you get the nausea under control. That's no fun, I know.
I have 2 sessions left – June 7 and June 28. I take Compazine snd Zofran for nausea, and I get IV Zofran the day I get my chemo infusion. Days 3-8 after chemo are the worst for nausea.
I haven’t used CBD personally for nausea. It was suggested not to use it because of potential interference to other medications I was on. I have heard from other acquaintances that it worked very well.
We do have a number of members in the forum who have used CBD for nausea.
I did a quick search and there are several pages of references for you to peruse through. Type in, CBD for nausea up in the search bar and you’ll get a listing of all the conversations.
What are you currently taking for nausea? I had 3 meds but the most appreciated were the little Zofran sublingual melts.
I know it’s awful trying to find foods that are even remotely appealing. There’s a great website you might be interested in checking out. Cooking for Chemo. Chef Ryan has some really good recipes that trick the non existent tastebuds. 😅
Are you nearing completion of your chemo?