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What could cause Parosmia for a 42-year old man who takes Lithium Carbonate, Lamictal, Paxil, Xanax?





Summary: 24 male patients aged 42 (±5) who take the same drugs are studied.

This is a personalized study for a 42 year old male patient who has Bipolar Ii Disorder, Bipolar 2, Depression, Anxiety. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Lithium carbonate has active ingredients of lithium carbonate. It is often used in bipolar disorder. (view latest outcomes from 16,052 users)

Lamictal has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder. (view latest outcomes from 40,593 users)

Paxil has active ingredients of paroxetine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Paxil 70,267 users)

Xanax has active ingredients of alprazolam. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from Xanax 58,976 users)

What are the conditions

Bipolar ii disorder (characterized by at least one episode of hypomania and at least one episode of major depression) can be treated by Lamictal, Lithium Carbonate, Lamotrigine, Seroquel, Abilify, Seroquel Xr. (latest reports from Bipolar Ii Disorder 2,213 patients)

Bipolar 2 (characterized by at least one episode of hypomania and at least one episode of major depression) can be treated by Lamictal, Lithium Carbonate, Lamotrigine, Seroquel, Abilify, Seroquel Xr. (latest reports from Bipolar 2 2,214 patients)

Depression can be treated by Cymbalta, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Wellbutrin Xl. (latest reports from Depression 254,062 patients)

Anxiety can be treated by Xanax, Klonopin, Clonazepam, Lexapro, Ativan, Lorazepam. (latest reports from Anxiety 197,075 patients)

What is the symptom

Parosmia (distortion of the sense of smell, as in smelling odours that are not present) has been reported by people with quit smoking, depression, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, pain.(latest reports from Parosmia 3,092 patients)

On Dec, 10, 2014: 24 males aged 39 (±5) who take Lithium Carbonate, Lamictal, Paxil, Xanax are studied

Lithium Carbonate, Lamictal, Paxil, Xanax outcomes

Information of the patient in this study:

Age: 39

Gender: male

Conditions: Bipolar Ii Disorder, Bipolar 2, Depression, Anxiety

Drugs taking:
- Lithium Carbonate (lithium carbonate): used for 1 - 6 months
- Lamictal (lamotrigine): used for 1 - 2 years
- Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride): used for 1 - 2 years
- Xanax (alprazolam): used for 2 - 5 years

Drug interactions have: severe parosmia

Comments from or about the patient: Parosmia (self-diagnosed through online research) began almost to the day of beginning lithium treatment. Neither ENT or Psychiatrist can figure out what to do.
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eHealthMe real world results:

Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes:

InteractionNumber of reports on eHealthMe
Parosmia (distortion of the sense of smell, as in smelling odours that are not present)2 (8.33% of males aged 39 (±5) who take the drugs)

(as an adverse outcome could be a symptom of a condition, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, regardless of which drug is taken, how many female HBP patients aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Symptom (click a symptom for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Parosmia in Bipolar Ii Disorder1 (0.56% of males aged 39 (±5) who have Bipolar ii disorder)
Parosmia in Bipolar 21 (0.56% of males aged 39 (±5) who have Bipolar 2)
Parosmia in Depression3 (0.04% of males aged 39 (±5) who have Depression)
Parosmia in Anxiety1 (0.03% of males aged 39 (±5) who have Anxiety)

(as an adverse outcome could be a side effect of a drug, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, how many female Aspirin users aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Side effect (click a side effect for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Parosmia in Lithium Carbonate1 (0.08% of males aged 39 (±5) who take Lithium carbonate)
Parosmia in Lamictal1 (0.06% of males aged 39 (±5) who take Lamictal)
Parosmia in Paxil3 (0.11% of males aged 39 (±5) who take Paxil)
Parosmia in Xanax1 (0.04% of males aged 39 (±5) who take Xanax)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Lithium Carbonate is effectiven/a100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Lamictal is effectiven/an/an/a0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
n/an/an/an/a
Paxil is effectiven/an/an/a0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
n/an/an/an/a
Xanax is effectiven/an/an/an/a100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
n/an/an/a

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Pyrexia (fever)Mental Impairment (a condition affecting the body, perhaps through sight or hearing loss, a mobility difficulty or a health condition)AngerNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Parosmia (distortion of the sense of smell, as in smelling odours that are not present)n/an/aWeight Increased
Chills (felling of cold)Flushing (the warm, red condition of human skin)Restlessness (not able to rest)Mental Impairment (a condition affecting the body, perhaps through sight or hearing loss, a mobility difficulty or a health condition)Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)
Generalised Erythema (redness of the skin all over the body)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Persecutory DelusionPost-traumatic Stress DisorderPyrexia (fever)
Erythema Multiforme (type of hypersensitivity reaction)Post-traumatic Stress DisorderIrritabilitySedationCardiac Arrest
Drug Eruption (adverse drug reaction of the skin)Serotonin Syndrome (occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of serotonin are taken together at the same time)Mania (a state of abnormally elevated or irritable mood)Parosmia (distortion of the sense of smell, as in smelling odours that are not present)Blood Urea Increased
Stevens-johnson Syndrome (an immune-complex-mediated hypersensitivity disorder. it ranges from mild skin and mucous membrane lesions to a severe)SedationDepressed MoodSerotonin Syndrome (occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of serotonin are taken together at the same time)Liver Fatty (fat deposition of liver)
Lymphocyte Stimulation Test PositiveDiarrhoeaImpulsive BehaviourFlushing (the warm, red condition of human skin)Coma Nec
Enanthema (rash formed inside the body)DepressionAggressionDiarrhoeaSedation
Lip Erosion (peeling off of lip)AngerNegative ThoughtsAsperger's Disorder (autism spectrum disorder that affects language and behavioural development in children)Ketoacidosis (high concentrations of ketone bodies in blood)
Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the nasopharynx)Amnesia (deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma)Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)AngerAggression

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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