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Review: could Singulair cause Metallic taste?

Summary: Metallic taste could be caused by Singulair, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Albuterol, and have Asthma.

We study 41,129 people who have side effects while taking Singulair from FDA and social media. Among them, 265 have Metallic taste. Find out below who they are, when they have Metallic taste and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 41,064 people reported to have side effects when taking Singulair. Among them, 265 people (0.65%) have Metallic Taste. They amount to 0.17% of all the 157,885 people who have Metallic Taste on eHealthMe.

Trend of Metallic taste in Singulair reports

Time on Singulair when people have Metallic taste * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Metallic taste47.62%19.05%14.29%4.76%9.52%4.76%0.00%

Gender of people who have Metallic taste when taking Singulair * :

FemaleMale
Metallic taste73.55%26.45%

Age of people who have Metallic taste when taking Singulair * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Metallic taste0.00%3.69%2.87%3.69%9.43%16.39%21.31%42.62%

Severity of Metallic taste when taking Singulair ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Metallic taste0.00%40.00%60.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Metallic taste ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Metallic taste0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Asthma (88 people, 33.21%)
  2. Insomnia (26 people, 9.81%)
  3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (23 people, 8.68%)
  4. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease (14 people, 5.28%)
  5. Pain (12 people, 4.53%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Albuterol (67 people, 25.28%)
  2. Aspirin (37 people, 13.96%)
  3. Combivent (35 people, 13.21%)
  4. Spiriva (33 people, 12.45%)
  5. Prilosec (31 people, 11.70%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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