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Unread 02-28-2007, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Do your meds make you "smell" different?

O.k., this is weird, but I swear I "smell" different! I don't like the way I smell any more! I know my taste buds have changed. I can't drink diet soda any more. Some things just taste awful that I used to like. And now by the late afternoon, I can't stand the smell of myself! I shower every morning, but c'mon! I've never had this problem before! What is up with this?

Oh, and this is not a "smell" issue, but at night when I take off my socks, it feels like I'm taking a band aid off an open wound. OOOOUUUUUCCCHHH! I dread taking my socks off! Any suggestions for how to make this easier?
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Unread 02-28-2007, 08:12 PM   #2
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Meds and supplements make you smell different to a dog, and sometimes to people. For example, take any garlic and it will effect body odor. Fish oil in greater amounts than is utilized by your body also effects body odor. Some meds cause dry skin, sweating, promote fungus, promote bacterial growth, etc.

Something besides meds and supplements may be happening with your feet, like a fungus infection. Your doctor should check it out, and the other things you mention also.

Something may also be causing your perceived BO, such as early diabetes. Again, your doctor should check it out.
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Lightbulb It is most likely

the Topamax. This drug causes body odor because of the acidosis is
creates.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sympto...de-effects.htm

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...7094148AAYgGSk
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Unread 03-01-2007, 11:12 AM   #4
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When my husband was on the Fentanyl patch (for almost 18 months), he wound up with a side effect called Taste Perversion. Even though he has been off the patch for about 3 and half years (closer to 4 I think), he has to make every single thing he eats much sweeter.

I never under stood why he had to put 6 sweet n lows in his coffee (now he uses Splenda and he's down to 3 packets.

But I have to put honey and a little splenda on his sweet potatoes. And he eats his spaghetti with no salt tomato sauce (of couse with some splenda on it.

He won't eat anything that is not sweetened to his satisfaction because he can't taste things. I once asked this question on the boards, got the reply about Taste Perversion, ran it by his pharmacist and one of his doctors and of course the doctors never know more than anybody on these boards, believe me (except for Dr. Fred, who we both adore).

But thankfully, it never affected Body Odor. And I'm glad I came across this thread. My son is on topamax. It's one of the meds he is on besides zoloft, trazadone, and god knows what other meds he takes. He has a mood disorder, and aspergers disorder and the last time I asked him, I could swear he was on Topamax. I remember saying Why on earth are you on Topamax and he said "mom, it's effective for many things and it's given as a med for certain conditions".

I just sent him a portion of this thread. That's all he needs. To "smell bad" besides his other problems.

I bet he'll send me an e-mail saying "I could care less how I smell to others". That's been his attitude for the past 5 years.

But you wrote a valuable post and I thank you.

regards,
Melody

P.S. If it is indeed the topamax, maybe they can switch you to something that will have you smelling "nicer".

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Unread 03-01-2007, 11:43 AM   #5
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Default Well, some meds DO state...

in that fine print things about taste and smell sensitivities.. usually in the fine print about either 'other or rare s/e's'.

Can I ask what brand of fish oil/omega oil you use? I've found using Wal-Mart brand vs. some specialty vitamin store brands does make a difference in terms of 'fishy smell' perceptions.

ON THE OTHER HAND...I've experienced a strange bit of improvement...after onset and for over 3-1/2 years the feet had stopped sweating. I must be improving as they are now sweating, tho intermittently. Sweating BIG TIME! With that comes smell, more than just sweat, I'm thinking as those glands have probably accumulated goodness knows WHAT in the interim. Just as long as it doesn't smell rotten [as in an abcess that breaks or cut that's gone infected], I would sort of half-heartedly rejoice?

I DO know that when I've OD'ed on Vit C, I can't tolerate anything acetic..at all!

Check the fine print on the meds and read it all, then web up various Vit/supplements w/Overdose and see what spits out. Warn you tho, your brain will probably spin. I keep doing it over and over, checking and rechecking, well, it can turn your brain to peanut-butter or worse. I just hope this helps you a little in-between other stress factors! - j
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in that fine print things about taste and smell sensitivities.. usually in the fine print about either 'other or rare s/e's'.
...........then web up various Vit/supplements w/Overdose and see what spits out. Warn you tho, your brain will probably spin. I keep doing it over and over, checking and rechecking, well, it can turn your brain to peanut-butter or worse.
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Default Duh!....

PB? not yet. Sunflower seed extract oil? Yeppers! Read the ingredients of any 'lotion/potion' it's in there now, and well, lemme tell ya, da RASH & burn it can cause is well, NASTY?

READ THOSE LABELS! or you may get a nasty HIVE surprise?

Love PB until further notice!? - j
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Default I Love Peanut Butter!!!!

I can't eat but a tiny amount. But if I was a skinny thing, I think I could live on peanut butter sandwiches for the rest of my life.

That and a big glass of milk!!!

But I don't go near the stuff. I know my triggers and I remember, waaaayyy back when I was a compulsive eater, I could take a food and eat it to death. There was no such thing as a small bit of peanut butter or a small dish of ice cream. No sireeee, I'd eat a whole jar (well maybe not a whole jar, but half a jar of PB, definitely. And a lot of milk.

Guess that's why I ballooned up to almost 300 lbs all those years ago. I didn't know or care to know about portion control.

So now that I have a better understanding of what my triggers are, I just don't go near them. And I don't eat after 7 p.m. works for me.


Ah, but those days of Jiffy or Skippy Peanut Butter.!!!!!!!!

I remember them well!!!!

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