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August 2018 (Vol. 3 Issue 6)

Loss of taste from a drug cocktail?

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My 84-year-old husband has been on a combination of drugs for the last five years

My 84-year-old husband has been on a combination of drugs for the last five years.

Over the past year, he has lost his sense of taste. He is having to add more and more salt and spices to his food as a result. Also, during a recent four-week stay in hospital, he burnt his tongue on almost boiling coffee. This went unnoticed by the hospital staff.

I wonder whether the various drugs my husband is taking could have caused his loss of taste and sensation on his tongue?

The drugs he's taking are: lansoprazole [a proton-pump inhibitor] (15 mg); sertraline [an SSRI antidepressant] (100 mg); digoxin [a heart glycoside] (625 mg); aspirin [an NSAID painkiller] (75 mg); clopidogrel [an antiplatelet or blood-thinner] (75 mg); simvastatin [an HMG CoA-reductase inhibitor] (40 mg); and temazepam [a sedative] (10 mg). - Elinor Adler, Hanwell


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