Requesting Your Help: Remedies for an Unusual Side Effect
Previously I’ve posted a few different forum topics pertaining to unusual side effects of medications, or even some unexpected and natural cough suppressant / remedy options. I am really thankful to have this platform to discuss things that seem unusual and possibly related to my lung disease and medications with other patients who also live with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Early last week I started a new inhaler called Spirvia, which accompanies several other puffers that I carry with me or take on a regular basis. I always closely follow instructions pertaining to medication use, and have thoroughly washed out my mouth following the inhalation of this medication as I’ve been advised to do. However, I’ve been dealing with intense mouth sores, dry/crackling lips and gum sensitivity all week since taking this new medication.
Sometimes I get canker sores if my diet consists of too much acidic food (orange juice, tomatoes, etc) but they don’t usually last this long, nor are they this painful. They also don’t usually come in clusters, which it seems these are. I’ve tried different remedies to help alleviate the discomfort of the mouth sores with no avail so far.
Things I’ve tried are: switching to natural toothpaste (typically I use this anyways, but just didn’t have any left so I had to re-buy it), gurgling warm water with salt, avoiding acidic foods and usually an antiseptic mouthwash (although this really hurt, and I’d prefer not to do this again).
Do you ever experience canker / mouth sores as a result of any IPF-related medications?
If so, do you have any remedies that work to make them go away, or at least become less painful?
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