Sunday, April 19, 2009 Karen, Community Member, asks

Q: I am having such a bad taste in my mouth?

I have been diagnosed with MS for 8 years. I have been on Copaxone for about 5 years. I also take Provigil, Mirapex, and Cymbalta. I have been experiencing a very bad taste in my mouth for about 96 hours (4 days). I have not changed any medicines, don't have any sinus drainage, no sores in mouth. Everything I eat or drink tastes awful. It's kind of a metal taste, kind of a bitter taste. Even water tastes bad. Any ideas?

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Merely Me, Health Guide
4/20/09 2:49pm

Hi Karen

 

Do you have any allergies that you know about?  It is spring and pollen season.  Also sometimes sleeping with your mouth open can leave a bad taste but I can't imagine it lasting this long.

 

Have you done any steroid treatment lately?   Steroids can quite often cause this type of bad taste.

 

On this MS world forum they discuss having a metallic taste and what people do about it.

 

On this site they list some of the very common reasons for having a bad taste in your mouth and one that they list is having dental problems.  Is this a possibility for you?

 

And on this medical site they list drugs which can leave a bad taste in your mouth and Copaxone is one of the drugs listed.

 

On this government web site they discuss ways to get the bad taste to go away.  Some of their suggestions include:

 

  • Tart food can "mask" a metallic taste. Drink orange, cranberry, and pineapple juice, and lemonade. Add vinegar, lemon juice, pickles, or relish to your food.
  • Marinate meat, chicken, turkey, fish, or tofu in vinegar, wine, salad dressing, or soy sauce. Add fresh herbs, dried herbs, or condiments to your food (such as onion, garlic, chili powder, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, cumin, mustard, catsup, and mint). For example, try sweet and sour pork with pineapple.
  • Eat cold food, such as sorbet, sherbet, fruit slushes, ice chips, or frozen yogurt to numb your taste buds. Eat frozen grapes, orange slices, or pieces of cantaloupe and watermelon. Or create frozen popsicles out of sports drinks.
  • Chew lemon drops, zinc lozenges, mints, or gum, which can help get rid of bad or "off" tastes that linger after eating. (If you have diarrhea, go easy on your use of sugar-free candies and gum.)
  • Eat dark chocolate.
  • Rinse your mouth with tea, ginger ale, salted water, or water with baking soda before eating. This will help clear your taste buds.
  • Use plastic utensils instead of metal utensils.
  • Eat fresh or frozen foods instead of canned foods.

Your best bet though is to call your doctor and find out what he or she thinks may be the underlying cause of this.  Four days is a considerable amount of time and if it is not going away you might want to get things checked out just for peace of mind.

 

Thank you for your question!

 

 

 

 

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By Karen, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/17/10, First Published: 04/19/09