Drugs and Smell: Smells of SHIT

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June 22, 2015 | 7 Comments

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  1. With Chantix and Oxymetazoline I assume you are talking about Visene-eye drops??? Does Anosmia go away when you stop using the drug??? Chantix seems to be implicated in many terrible side effects. Each time I Come on RISK it seems a New one pops up. What about Anosmia and The research or lack there of dying prematurely?? Does Anosmia change the way people perceive memories and perhaps contribute to Affective disorders????

  2. I’ve never had any problem eating enough (just the opposite) but can see how it could become a real struggle if your food suddenly tasted like sewage! Just how serious this can get, especially for elderly people, was pointed out in an article I ran across by a GP in New Zealand:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2980431/

    “Many medications affect taste, smell, or salivation, and lead patients to change their patterns of food or fluid intake. The elderly are particularly affected on account of higher rates of polypharmacy and underlying frailty. Some affected patients consume fewer calories, resulting in nutritional deficiencies and weight loss. Others try to compensate by masking symptoms with additional fluids or by using added salt or sugar. Predictably, these changes can lead to polyuria, incontinence, or exacerbation of pre-existing conditions such as hypertension. Less predictably, changes like these contribute to complex geriatric syndromes and can result in abrupt functional decline.”

    In other words, a fairly healthy, active person in their eighties could start spiraling down towards the nursing home before they and their doctor realized what was going on. The author explains how she did not spot the problem until her patient took a nasty fall, and started explaining how it happened …

  3. I have been taking champix for around 10 weeks (this time round). I have a terrible burning smell, which is made worse when my nose is completely empty, i.e the entire contents has been blown out. This is worsened by the smell of burning candles or any freshener. Reading around this seems to happen to a large portion of people. I find if i keep my nose bunged up, it seems to be fine. I know myself that NRT will not work and since I don’t want to keep smoking this seems to be the only way forward. Has anyone come across a method of combating this ?

    • I have been taking Chantix (Champix in the US) for about five weeks and have the same thing. Mine is like an old burned food smell.
      I have not discovered any way to mitigate it but am hopeful that it will go away when I am off of it.

  4. I’m having a side affect from doxycycline and I’m sad to say it. I am now having very bad body Oder even after showering three times a day won’t go away. I’m a 24 year old woman with a six year old child who is very active in dance and Girl Scouts we are always on the move. I have no way to mask my smell I have even stopped sleeping in bed with her father and sleep on the sofa out of shame.

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