taste of medication

  1. i was wondering if anyone had experience themselves or w/ patients having reported a medication having tasted a certain way?

    what do oral potassium chloride and kayexalate taste like, for example?
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Is this for a school assignment or something??
  4. by   Here.I.Stand
    Mucomyst tastes exactly how it smells.
  5. by   Floor_Nurse
    I've had to break Augmentin into smaller pieces. It's really nasty! I've never tasted Metformin, but I hear alot of complaints about the taste.
  6. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    I've never had either of them but I had a patient once who simply adored the taste of Kayaxelate.

    I imagine, that for KCl....

  7. by   Scottishtape
    Quote from Floor_Nurse
    I've had to break Augmentin into smaller pieces. It's really nasty! I've never tasted Metformin, but I hear alot of complaints about the taste.
    That's surprising. I took Metformin for a few years for PCOS, and never tasted a thing.

    My dad is on it now for diabetes, but he hasn't had any taste complaints either.
  8. by   audreysmagic
    I'm told the Thorazine tablets that come stock from my hospital's pharmacy have a sweet-flavored coating. As much as I love good ol' vitamin T sometimes, I had to remind my adolescent patients that acting out merely to get to suck on one is not acceptable. Flagyl, on the other hand, is said to taste EXTREMELY bitter in suspension, and judging by the faces my cat makes when I've given him his this week, I'm guessing that's true of the veterinary suspension as well.
  9. by   Pepper The Cat
    I had a pt compare liquid potassium to rat poison.
  10. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    I had a pt compare liquid potassium to rat poison.
    I wonder how often they drank rat poison.
  11. by   DextersDisciple
    I actually wondered the same thing about PO K+. I figured it's orange maybe it tastes decent? So I actually asked my pt what it tastes like. She downs it, make a sour face and says "it tastes like sh*t!"
  12. by   socoamaretto
    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Is this for a school assignment or something??
    no, just genuinely curious about what to tell patients a med will taste like if they ask.
  13. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from socoamaretto
    no, just genuinely curious about what to tell patients a med will taste like if they ask.


    Ohh ok. Just wasn't sure if there was something specific you were trying to get at. I haven't tasted most of the meds my patients have gotten but we don't give a lot of oral meds in the ER.
  14. by   Here.I.Stand
    My son was on digoxin as a baby; it was lime flavored and He. Hated. It!!!!

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