I am on avastin and zometa chemotherapy. I have had chronic dry cough spells day and night since my last bout of bronchitis in possibly March. Ive been told it's from gastric reflux, I take 2 prescription pepcids/day. Dr. did exam, chest x-ray and sent me to ENT. ENT said to take a pepcid right before bed on empty stomach and raise head of bed. Well that did just about nothin'. I've tried every combo of cough meds, benadryl, xanax, advil with the pepcid. I wake from of sound sleep, or in the daytime out of the blue I will have a coughing attack that makes my stomach turn inside out or I up-chuck. The only way I can sleep at night is to take 1/4 of a dilaudid (1 mg) and the pepcid; I sleep 10-12 hrs and am still sleepy all day. I'm going to ask for a smaller dose pill so I can try 1/2 mg.
I just wondered if anyone else has had this side effect; my voice is slowing being destroyed by avastin, the ENT guy said my vocal cords are shrinking. Suggestions or empathy, I would be happy to hear it all. Thanks!