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Does anyone have any solutions for a constant metallic taste in the mouth - probably caused by Clenil preventative puffer? I rinse with water after every puff, clean my teeth 4 times a day & use a daily mouthwash. No thrush present & have also had blood tests .. nothing abnormal found . It’s really getting me down - had it for over 6 months! Interested in others’ experiences!

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I use a spacer for my fostair

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girlsunny

I use a spacer also ...

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Amy2091

Have you visited a dentist lately? Maybe the issue is something else? I've never used Clenil but have found symbicort tastes soooo bad and the spriva leaves me with a constant mentalic taste too - this tends to wear off after a week or two of a new canister. I don't find rinsing alone does much for me so I now take them just before brushing teeth and then it has to be a really good scrub of my tongue as well followed by a good drink to distract me after.

The other tips about a spacer are brilliant. I hardly taste any of my medication when using one and if it's a daily struggle for you maybe it's worth using or if you don't have one ask for one? You will also be more likely to inhale more of the medication this way.

I personally HATE using my spacer unless I'm having a bad day and can't get my meds inhaled properly, but it's 100% worth it to minimise that nasty metallic taste.

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girlsunny

Thanks for the reply. Have been to the dentist twice in3 months & he says my oral hygiene is good. I also use a spacer which I wash & replace regularly, so the mystery cause goes on ☹️

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Ask your doctor or nurse to have a spacer and change your inhaler as you might be having an issue with your inhaler

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CDPO16

I don't have an answer for you but can empathise as I have a permanent salty taste which I've had since using fostair (via a spacer). I have never found anything to get rid of it but, as the fostair really helps my breathing, I try to ignore it. That is easier to do some days more than others.

If the clenil helps your breathing perhaps it is a side effect worth tolerating otherwise perhaps it is worth seeing your GP or nurse to discuss possible alternatinves.

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Amy2091

What kind of spacer do you use? For years I've used the blue chamber one as I thought this was standard but I was recently told to use the volumatic, it seems more effective but I can't really say how much it would help your taste as it's still there but it might be less for you? The only thing that helps mine is scrubbing my tongue with the toothbrush but I assume you would have already tried this? If it's a big problem and your inhaler isn't making a significant difference to your asthma maybe ask for an alternative. I have found though that anything above seretide (in terms of strength, maybe this is just me? )is all bad, some worse than others x

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girlsunny in reply to Amy2091

Thanks for the reply -I will make an appointment at the asthma clinic & ask for a different brand of spacer & inhaler.

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Poobah

I had the metallic taste for a few weeks and it drove me mad. I improved my oral hygiene, gargled for England and even tried chewing parsley, all to no avail.

I hadn't had a change of meds or anything I could put my finger on. The only thing that was happening, I found out later, was the early stages of the menopause. The metallic taste was replaced by hot flushes!

Having said that it may have been a complete coincidence. The taste eventually went away but it meant I chewed a lot of mints and didn't eat properly as everything tasted yuk.

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girlsunny in reply to Poobah

That’s really interesting thanks - can identify with all you’ve said as that’s exactly what I’ve been doing! .. I have been coming to the same conclusion so now have an appointment at the Well Woman clinic.

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Poobah in reply to girlsunny

Let me know how you get on. All the best.

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Hayman111

I've had the same since being on Fostair. Mostly I've been on the PMDi verson with a spacer and get the same metallic taste. Recently, I've started using the NEXThaler version. This is also giving the metallic taste. Did you find any soloution in the end?

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