• revolting unpleasant taste

    Asked by mamab on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    revolting unpleasant taste

    I have a terrible nasty taste since starting chemo, but it isn't a metal taste. notice it more with my drinks...absolutely nothing taste right and can not have anything cold to eat or drink, must be at least room temp. After I drink the taste actually makes me gag....finding myself not wanting to drink anything but realize the effects of that.......any suggestions would help as I still have 5 months of chemo left

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I too have had this issue. It was worst the first few days after treatment. It did get better over time - the first 2 months were the worst. But there were still some foods that I just found tasted bad, I either got use to it or stopped eating them. Wish I could give you better advice. Good luck with your treatment. Speak to your team, they may have some ideas that can help, I found the oncology nurses usually had better answers to this type of issue then my oncologist.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      We had a blog post a while back dealing with the metallic taste. A lot of those tips will help with dealing with any bad taste, not just the metalic taste. Take a look at it and see if anything there can help you. click this link for the article. https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/12-ways-to-battle-metallic-taste-from-chemo

      over 3 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I remember this fondly!! Everything tasted horrible. Once I completed chemo it S-L-O-W-L-Y started to get better. I struggled to find something I could eat and drink. I settled on Frosted Flakes. They seem to taste the best so that was my diet. Try to drink as much water as you can. I know is taste horrible but dehydration + chemo side effects = horrible experience. Like you, I could hardly drink anything. Over the course of one weekend (Friday to Monday) I lost 10 pounds. It was nothing but fluids. When I finally made it to the Dr they immediately hooked me up to an IV to rehydrate me. That was the worst I ever felt throughout treatment. So MAKE YOURSELF drink, drink, drink!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      Yep, I had the same problem. Even water tasted wrong. I could tolerate sparkling water for some reason but plain water (even bottled) tasted off. The only foods that tasted like they should were cheese and tomatoes, and I could tolerate bread and crackers because they had no taste at all. So I ate a lot of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches while I was in chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      The problem with anything cold is very common (also, for me, anything too hot was a problem.) It will get better.

      I, too, had issues with my tastes - EVERYTHING tasted way to hot-spicy (and I love spices!) Even foods that others found totally mild, burned my tongue. (My husband hated cooking for me during chemo - I didn't like anything.)

      It's a matter of trial and error to find what tastes good; what you can eat and drink. No guilt, no matter what your choices - you have to eat and drink. Go with anything you can tolerate. But know that your tastes will return to normal after you are done with chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I actually had to nuke room temp water as too cold, but I drank a lot of water. I also drank a lot of tea. You need to drink water to keep yourself hydrated. I actually got dehydrated one day and it was not pretty. Onc wanted me to come in to get IV of liquids if symptoms didn't disappear.

      over 3 years ago

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