Problems with Smell
Frequently Asked Questions
10. Can certain medicines cause a problem with smell?
In rare cases, certain medicines may cause a change in your ability to smell. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to stop using several popular cold remedies because they could result in the loss of smell. Antibiotics and blood pressure pills are among the most common medications that cause a problem with smell. If you are taking these medications and notice a change in your sense of smell, talk to your doctor. You may be able to adjust or change your medicine to one that will not cause a problem with smell.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine if the problem with smell is caused by medication or the underlying condition.