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It hurts when I swallow but I don't feel like I have a cold or a sore throat, could this be a medication side effect?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Painful swallowing typically reflect an irritation in the esophagus (swallowing tube).
This can be related to medications, especially common in women.

In brief: Yes

Painful swallowing typically reflect an irritation in the esophagus (swallowing tube).
This can be related to medications, especially common in women.
Dr. Howard Hack
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikely

Probably not. See ENT doc for painful swallowing.

In brief: Unlikely

Probably not. See ENT doc for painful swallowing.
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Dr. Louise Andrew
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not likely

A sore throat is something that hurts when you swallow.
So you do have a sore throat. If no cold, then an infection or something else is likely going on. You should see someone for a fuller history and exam. If you can't swallow solid foods, and certainly if you can't swallow liquids, you need to be seen soon. Very few medications cause this. Take all pills separately with lots of water.

In brief: Not likely

A sore throat is something that hurts when you swallow.
So you do have a sore throat. If no cold, then an infection or something else is likely going on. You should see someone for a fuller history and exam. If you can't swallow solid foods, and certainly if you can't swallow liquids, you need to be seen soon. Very few medications cause this. Take all pills separately with lots of water.
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