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Why am I getting metallic taste in mouth while coughing? Worried about lung cancer

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Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: Sometimes when i cough i have a metallic/bloos taste but no blood or mucous. 36 yo smoker. i had a clear chest xray in July but i very worried about getting lung cancer. I do have GERD for i take Prilosec 2x day but still get reflux up to the back of my throat.
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     The features could be from reflux only. Omeperazole (Prilosec) helps in reflux. If you are still symptomatic, you can take additional pro-kinetic drugs like domperidone. Don’t lie down up to 2 hours after a meal; reduce fluid with the last meal and finish it 2 to 3 hours before sleep; sleep with head-end higher. Reduction of weight will help. You may have to repeat Upper GI endoscopy. If very troublesome, surgery can help.
     There is nothing to suggest lung cancer; if you are worried, the only option is to see a Pulmonologist and have a CT scan of the chest

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