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Suffering from bitter taste on tongue due to regular use of NICIP. What should be done?

My mother aged 83. She is an uneducated woman. She had recourse to self medication and stated to have taken two tablets of Nicip for her body pains. It seems she had been using it for some time. When she had two tablets of Nicip at a time about 15 her tongue became bitter and she is unable to even gulp water for the last 12 days? Doctor thinks that she needed an endoscopy to see the damage in throat but cautions us against that on account of her age which is past 83 years? what to do?
Asked On : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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Hello. Welcome to Healthcare Magic.
I'm sorry your mother isn't feeling well. A bitter taste on the tongue is a common side effect of Nicip, but this side effect should subside within a few days after discontinuing the medication. If your mother is no longer taking Nicip but is still having problems, there may be something else going on. Like all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Nicip can irritate the stomach, and it occasionally causes liver damage. Either of these problems could cause swallowing difficulties.
A simple blood test will determine if your mother is suffering from liver damage. The doctor can order this test. If endoscopy isn't going to be performed, your mother's doctor may recommend acid-blocking medications to protect her stomach (cimetidine, ranitidine, omeprazole and lansoprazole are a few examples). Sucralfate or liquid antacids might help soothe her throat and make swallowing easier. If none of these measures proves beneficial within a few days, endoscopy is indicated.
I hope that helps, and I hope your mother feels better soon.
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