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I had 10 radiation treatments in Feb. or 2014. That killed my taste buds. It is miserable not tasting my food. Can my tastebuds ever be restored?

Doctor's Assistant: Are you keeping a personal medical record while dealing with this?

I am telling my primary care doctor.

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I have lost a lot of weight due to my taste buds loss.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Medical
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Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

I am sorry to hear about your problem.

Loss of taste buds induced by radiation is challenging to treat.

The taste buds may regenerate over several years.

But this may not be possible in some cases.

Some return of taste sensation is still possible.

In such scenario, medications can be use to improve your situation.

Clonazepam is one such medication.

Although it is a benzodiazepine, it has been shown to help with taste and smell disorder through its inhibitory action on brainstem serotonergic pathway.

Also certain vitamins like vitamin B2 supplementation 200 mg daily, zinc 30 mg daily may be tried to improve with taste bud recovery.
Best wishes,
It was my pleasure to help you today.

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