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DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician
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I have had anosmosis for over ten years. I stopped smoking

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I have had anosmosis for over ten years. I stopped smoking in 2001.
I have taken antidepressants for 15 yrs: Prozac, then Lexapro, 10 mg. combined with Wellbutrin, from 100 mg.-250 mg. I also take Nexium 40 mg for acid reflux. I have Barrett's esophagus, stable for 5 yrs. Now I am off Lexapro and Topomax and started 100 mg. of Lamictal. During the last ten yrs., my sense of taste is also decreasing. Since starting Lamictal 6 weeks ago, my sense of taste is now essentially gone. I only recognize tart, sweet, salty, spicy hot. I will be in touch with my Dr. 7/9/15, but want info on progressive altered taste due to depression meds, since this side effect is not at the top of anyone's long list to my knowledge.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
I think you mean anosmia.
Lack of functioning smell...which affects taste.
Is that your diagnosis?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
that is the diagnosis for the lack of sense of smell. Now no taste.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
If ENT has determined it is due to cell destruction of the olfractory nerves, this is often , most often, permanent.
If that has not been determined, and if it is a side effect, the medication should be stopped for 6 weeks to see if this makes a difference.
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