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Why do I have a bitter taste in mouth on waking up?

Answered by: Dr. Anjan Dhar
Consultant Gastroenterologist,
Bishop Auckland General Hospital,
County Durham, U.K.

Q. I am a 35 years old male. I get up in the morning with a thick and bitter taste in my mouth. In fact, every time I sleep and get up I have this taste. My bowel movements are not regular and stools are usually hard. Please advise.

A.  You probably have nocturnal reflux of acid and a functional bowel disorder with idiopathic constipation. However, I would recommend some initial blood tests including a coeliac screen. If everything is normal on the blood tests, then an evening dose of an acid suppressing medication, and some Fybogel should be the initial treatment to try.

A.  You probably have nocturnal reflux of acid and a functional bowel disorder with idiopathic constipation. However, I would recommend some initial blood tests including a coeliac screen. If everything is normal on the blood tests, then an evening dose of an acid suppressing medication, and some Fybogel should be the initial treatment to try.

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