• I have colorectal cancer, colon resection, and am on my 4th of the 12 chemo fox fusion treatments- my WORST side effect is the mouth ulcers

    Asked by mimom1 on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    I have colorectal cancer, colon resection, and am on my 4th of the 12 chemo fox fusion treatments- my WORST side effect is the mouth ulcers

    VERY PAINFUL - Dr reduced chemo from the pump by 25% but still have them - Miracle Mouth Wash doesnt help because it does not adhere to the inside bottom lip. Am using Lactinex which is helping a little better but again, you have to chew them !! Any help would be appreciated !! Thanks

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had the same problem, due to radiation though. Miracle mouthwash was used first, like you it finally quit working. I then was given a thick solution, like thick syrup. It had a pain killer/numbing agent in it. I would swish this around, hold it for awhile, then I would take a few bites of what ever I was eating. Repeat. Also, plain old chloraseptic worked pretty good. Take a few squirts, then take a bite.

      Also, my oncologist told me to mix a solution of peroxide and water and rinse with it. That heals them up pretty quick.

      I know it's miserable, I lost 50 # during both times I was treated and couldn't eat.
      Best of luck to you as you conquer the monster!

      over 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I had the mouth ulcers, too, but they weren't my worst side effect. Call your dentist, he might have some recommendations. My dentist told me not to worry about brushing my teeth with toothpaste, which I didn't know and was trying to tough that out, which was so painful. He said as long as I used a brush, that would do the job. He also recommended the mixture of Maalox and Benadryl.

      I, too, lost a lot of weight, but I saw that as a nice little perk. Make sure you're maintaining your nutrients by drinking protein drinks.

      over 8 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Ask about a lidocaine rinse. I also rinsed constantly (4-6 times a day) with warm water into which I'd mixed about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Every day throughout my full chemo regime, not just on chemo days.

      over 8 years ago
    • Stella's Avatar

      I used a product called Delclair. It was a gel that you mix with water and swish around for what seemed like a very long time. It tastes horrible and was not a miracle, but did seem to help some. I also used the Lidocaine which numbs your mouth so you can at least get some sleep. Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I had nasty mouth sores from 1st chemo treatment, and my dentist prescribed miracle mouth wash which helped.

      My onc stopped the Leucovorin and Folfox bolace at chemo 2 before hooking me up to the chemo pump with folfox for 46 hrs. Onc said the folfox was what caused that symptom and the leucovorin made it worst. This seemed to help a lot! I also made sure I brushed my teeth 3 times a day and used Biotene mouth wash like 4 times a day during chemo and for a week afterwards.

      over 8 years ago

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