Review: could Tamiflu cause Taste loss?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 6, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.2/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 10,207 people who take Tamiflu. Among them, 8 have Taste loss. See who they are, when they have Taste loss and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Tamiflu (latest outcomes from 10,783 users) has active ingredients of oseltamivir phosphate. It is often used in the flu, h1n1. Commonly reported side effects of Tamiflu include abnormal behaviour, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, vomiting aggravated, fever.
Taste loss (latest reports from 3,108 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, depression, the flu, pain.
On Mar, 6, 2014: 10,207 people reported to have side effects when taking Tamiflu. Among them, 8 people (0.08%) have Taste Loss.
Time on Tamiflu when people have Taste loss * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Taste loss||100.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Taste loss when taking Tamiflu * :
|Taste loss||62.50%||37.50% |
Age of people who have Taste loss when taking Tamiflu * :
|Taste loss||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||14.29%||0.00%||71.43%||14.29% |
Severity of Taste loss when taking Tamiflu ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Taste loss||0.00%||75.00%||25.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Taste loss ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Taste loss||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Flu (3 people, 37.50%)
- H1n1 (1 people, 12.50%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Prozac (2 people, 25.00%)
- Percocet (2 people, 25.00%)
- Advil (2 people, 25.00%)
- Ascorbic acid (2 people, 25.00%)
- Tenormin (2 people, 25.00%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
Jackie Lyons (13 months ago):
I was prescribed Tamiflu after a bout of flu about a month ago. I was quite surprised. I thought that Tamiflu had only been used in cases of suspected swine flu. I have lost about 99% of my sense of smell leaving me almost unable to taste anything! I was not warned that this was a known side-effect or definitely would not have taken this drug. Does anyone know if this is a temporary situation? From the previous posts this does not seem to be the case. I am a 51 year old female from Ireland.
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Bridget (1 year ago):
You have GOT to be kidding me. I have lost about 95% of my taste AND smell but I was thinking (hoping!) maybe because I had a lot of nasal congestion that it was just temporary. But then I got to thinking-My nose has been stuffy lots of times, and I've never lost my taste?! Then I got to thinking about the tamiflu...I'm kinda freakin out at the thought that this could continue even after I'm off it and over the flu. Time
Will tell! Crossing my fingers!!!! You take your sense of taste and smell for granted until you lose it!!! Geez!!!!
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Billie eaton (3 years ago):
I took Tamiflu in July 2009. I have not had a sense of taste or smell since that time. Very discouraging. Once in a while I can taste on first bite mustard and some herbs. I'm hoping that the two senses will return some day. Such a loss.
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