Problems swallowing, also called dysphagia, can make eating an uncomfortable process. During meals, you may experience gagging, choking, coughing, spitting, or pain when trying to swallow. The sensation that food is stuck in your throat, upper chest, or behind the breastbone can cause feelings of chest pain, heaviness, or pressure.
The following breast cancer treatments can affect your ability to swallow:
certain bisphosphonates: Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid), Aredia (chemical name: pamidronate disodium) and Bonefos (chemical name: clodronate) are bone-strengthening medicines used to treat breast cancer that has spread to the bone.
Some pain medications also can cause swallowing problems.
Managing swallowing problems
Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly to make it as soft and manageable as possible.
Try thicker liquids such as milkshakes, yogurt, pudding, and gelatin. Thicker liquids may be easier to swallow.
Eat pureed food such as blende...
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Generic Name: EXPECTORANT/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Refenesen Chest Congest & Pain Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). The expectorant helps thin and
loosen mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus.
Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin pain reliever and fever
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs
from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (such as emphysema),
or coughs with a lot of mucus unless directed by your doctor.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use ...
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