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Does getting chemo leave a metallic taste in your mouth?

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In brief: Yes

Quite common side effect, not sure of cause, might be from lack of saliva.

In brief: Yes

Quite common side effect, not sure of cause, might be from lack of saliva.
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dr. Theodore Ritota
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Dr. Anthony Back
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Tastebuds dulled

Chemo affects tastebuds and they misfire , giving the sensation of a metallic taste.
This is usually temporary and will improve after you stop the chemo.

In brief: Tastebuds dulled

Chemo affects tastebuds and they misfire , giving the sensation of a metallic taste.
This is usually temporary and will improve after you stop the chemo.
Dr. Anthony Back
Dr. Anthony Back
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Dr. William A Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Sometimes

Several chemotherapy drugs are based upon metals.
Other drugs can dramatically change your sense of taste and cause a metallic taste. Some patients find that some foods taste too salty or too sweet. We often tell patients who get a metallic taste to use plastic forks and spoons which is sometimes helpful.

In brief: Sometimes

Several chemotherapy drugs are based upon metals.
Other drugs can dramatically change your sense of taste and cause a metallic taste. Some patients find that some foods taste too salty or too sweet. We often tell patients who get a metallic taste to use plastic forks and spoons which is sometimes helpful.
Dr. William A Biermann
Dr. William A Biermann
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