Some anti-inflammatory nasal sprays have been linked to the loss of the sense of smell. He wouldn’t say that it was Flonase, and that it could have been coincidence. After only 2 doses of prescription Flonase, I totally lost taste and smell for 2 months. I hope I get mine back soon, this is very scary. I will ask him for theophylline when I see him!! I used Flonase only one time on 4-14-2015 and noticed 2 days later that my sense of smell was almost totally gone. I will try your recommendation but I’m so besides myself. Would you update if you got your senses back? Like you, the color of life has slipped out of my world. Q: I used Flonase for many years and have lost about 90 percent of my sense of smell and have significant loss of taste. Still hoping for 100%. I have been on prescription nasal sprays for about 15-20 yrs. I am worried that once again I have loss my sense of smell. Why is this still on the market!!! Pain - taking 300 mg of neurontin for 3 weeks. I've emailed my doctor and awaiting a reply. I just eat something just to fill the void in my stomach. I appreciate the research you've done and the information on the possible nerve damage. After a week of using this product I noticed I had no sense of smell or taste and even after I fully recovered from the flu I still had no taste or smell and i have not regained it since. In most cases, people regain these senses after recovery (Revue Medicale Suisse, April 29, 2020). I too have lost my sense of smell and taste after using OTC Flonase. I’m older and I heal slower. Thank you all! There is no class action suit that I can find. It came back gradually it took so long that I don't honestly remember. It’s been a week and a half now. What a relief to be able to smell again! Some taste sensation like really salty stuff but it's faint. If this loss is due to to Flonase, rest assured my senses did come back. I just read in a thread from 2012 where commented that you may talk to your doctor about Theophylline. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. To no effect. Stopped it about 3mths ago and just starting to get some of my sense of smell and most of my taste back. I had taken prescription Flonase for a month, but had already lost my sense of small, and taste from the OTC Flonase. Is there anyone else who is up for a class action suit because this is not funny this is very serious, I was also wondering about a class action suit this is not funny it is very serious to lose your sense of smell with your taste I have been finding it very concerning and I didn't use it any more than 3 or 4 times. Apparently it's a common side effect, sure would have been nice if they told us that beforehand! Thanks again. Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. I googled flonase and loss of smell, and found this forum. It may occur after a viral illness. It took me about 3 months after using the product for just a couple of days to get about 80% of my sense of smell and taste back. I am about to take steroids and antibiotics prescribed by ent. The researchers also said that 75% to 85% of patients who lose their sense of smell recover it within two months after the illness is cleared. Does anyone know the name of the Doctor in DC ? I too put two and two together and googled this just now. I couldn't take Sudafed every day because my heart rate was going nuts. He believes he may have been exposed to covid-19 but, at the time, did not meet the criteria for testing. I have loss some of my sense of smell. Did you ever regain your sense of smell and taste? I'm still hoping to return to 100%, but from what i went through, ive learned that any little bit (of return) is better than nothing. Gildersleeve 24 Apr 2016. Best of luck to all of you! I was so worried because I couldn't smell my newborn. I then went through the whole house sniffing everything: fruit, flowers, even my dirty socks. I noticed yesterday that mint chewing gum tasted totally different and gross and that toothpaste also tasted different. Thanks again. I did read, however, that lung infections, acute and chronic sinusitis, rhinitis, allergies, and even eosiniphils in mucus can all make you loss sense of smell and taste, but , this time it just feels "different"and I am worried Flonase is the culprit. UNBELIEVABLE! i can't smell fresh garlic cooking in a pan right under my nose. With both pregnancies I had intermittent loss of smell and phantom smells that were metallic-like. It took just long enough for me to get worried. I decided to stop taking the drug and after 1 month regained my sense of smell. They are sending me out a form. When I was 5 months pregnant with my 2nd child, I lost my sense of smell and only experienced phantom metallic smells until about 1 year ago. London - Sense of smell plays a crucial role in our health — saving us from out-of-date food that looks fine to eat, even guiding our sexual … I just couldn't figure it out. Can only pray that since I've taken it for so long that my senses affected will come back! My doctor told me to double the dosage (to twice a day) of my generic Flonase during the infection. I'm going on 2 months with maybe a 10% recovery. A: The official prescribing information for Nasacort AQ mentions "alterations of taste and smell. This past week I delayed in going to the Dr due a sore throat, cough and very congested sinuses. I used Flonase fir the very 1st time for the past 3 days and can't take the horrible taste and smell it gave me so am discontinuing use. Funny thing this is not one of the side effect the company posted. The researchers worked with more than 140 people who had lost or had changes in their sense of smell. I will take it up with my doctor. Its been 6 months for me since I lost my sense of smell and taste. Can it cause me to lose my sense of taste & smell? Prescription Flonase listed loss of smell as a side effect, OTC Flonase does not. I had used Flonase in the past but only 1 or 2 times with no loss of smell. I have been placed on amoxillin 850 mg 2x a day and methylpredisone 4mg a pkg with instructions for dosage for the next 6 days. I stopped after 4 weeks. No doctor ever suggested my loss of my sense of smell was from using Flonase. Don’t fret. I have found myself without taste or smell now. She prescribed another nasal spray that in the list of side effects it says bitter taste and could cause loss of taste and smell. My ENT prescribed it. What kind of form did the FDA send you? I can't even taste a halls cough drop. I am very outraged, THE SAME exact situation! I have used one bottle of OTC and about two or more bottles off Fluticasone over the last 6 months. Yes. It was my wife that used it, for one week. I definitely helped but have really noticed a huge loss of smell and taste. I can taste sweet, spicey and salty but not very well. It is indicated as a long term cure for asthma, but one doctor in the DC area has been having tremendous success curing patients with a loss of smell/taste, especially if they lost it during their life from an accident or situation like yours, rather than being born with it (like I myself am, that is, congenital anosmia--I can taste just fine). I live in Honolulu, so seeing the specialist in DC isn't an option right now. Same here! Hi Robin0128. I am in the same boat with loss of taste and smell if there's anything I can do to help with suing or if anyone finds out how to fix this please let me know I am going on three days and hoping to have my smell and taste restored. My doctor told me to use it for a good 6 months to get rid of this chronic sinus infection that I have. Several years ago, a zinc-containing nasal gel was recalled because it was linked to anosmia. I've been panicking for five days now since I lost my smell and taste after using this once, maybe twice, I can't remember. But as that cleared up I couldn’t taste or smell very well . After reading other comments on the internet, including yours, I was very distraught, and was 99% sure it would never come back. This has come to particular attention lately because losing the ability to smell can be an early symptom of COVID-19. I’m thinking about calling and complaining too. I stop using it, so will it come back??? I regain my sense of taste and smell after taking prednosolone .what is a safe dosage for an adult? But today, while I was sitting in front of my computer, my sense of smelled returned suddenly. Muganurmath CS et al, "Causality assessment of olfactory and gustatory dysfunction associated with intranasal fluticasone propionate: Application of the Bradford Hill criteria." Try zinc, zinc helps to nerve grow specially in the nerves of the epithelium. Reader Regains Sense of Smell Lost to Flonase. Nasacort for many years then new Doc switched me over to Fluticasone/Flonase. After about a month or so, her sense of smell was mostly restored, wth it fully coming back, she thinks, a little later. I myself am a victim of loss of smell & taste after using the OTC Flonase spray. I hope this works. That’s what made me look up Flonase. I even caught a whiff of my baby's freshly washed hair! Reading that others had the same issues with Flonase eases my.mind on the possible issue. Temporary loss of smell, or anosmia, is the main neurological symptom and one of the earliest and most commonly reported indicators of COVID-19. I took RX Flonase a few times years ago for allergy/asthma at the advice of my PCP with no issues. I’m totally regained my sense of smell and taste. They do not care, however, as they know that this is a very well reported issue, but is at the mercy of the pharmaceutical company's purse-strings [GlaxoKlineSmith]. This pissesme off to no end. Don't give up hope. At first, it didn’t seem to work. It has taken over a month to put 2 & 2 together. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. This sensory change is often caused by another condition, such as specific autoimmune and neurological disorders. It's been over a month and it has not returned. About two weeks ago my husband bought OTC Flonase (Lot L6009) at CVS for himself so I started using it as the flowers are in bloom and we planned on doing some yard work. Q. I used Flonase for a stuffy nose from allergies and lost my sense of smell. I was so shocked that I went right to a scented candle in my bathroom and could smell it. And check the expiration on food before eating, since you can’t smell if … It is a form to report a side effect to the FDA. I hope I get my senses of taste and smell back soon. Why are they allowed to sell this product with such a terrible side effect? Subscribe to Drugs.com newsletters for the latest medication news, new drug approvals, alerts and updates. Eventually,I noticed that I couldn't smell or taste my food & other everyday scents. Been crying myself to sleep every night. I told my daughter today I was taking Zyrtec and it made me tired and she said flonaise works great, her husband uses it. Take good care. This is horrible that this has been going on this long and nothing has been done. I only used it a few times and attributed the loss of smell to my cold. They said no one has ever had this side effects before? Iam going to try the saline flush but I think Going on 6 months now its probably not going to work, but at this point I will try anything. I cant even smell if its right under my nose, so upsetting knowing Flonase did this. Sorry for typo - Have your senses been restored? People have reported this symptom (called “anosmia”) as a side effect of steroid nasal sprays like fluticasone (Flonase) or triamcinolone (Nasacort AQ). We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information -, Flonase Information for Healthcare Professionals. if you find anything about a lawsuit I am interested. Some loss of smell occurs normally with aging. I wish I read this before I used Flonase Sensimist. One lucky reader celebrated its mysterious return. Prescription Flonase listed loss of smell as a side effect, OTC Flonase does not. Advances in Therapy, Feb. 2, 2018. This is the worst. I know someone younger and she got her taste back in a few months. i started using flonase for a sinus infection. I have been using saline flush in my nose and musinex to help break up any residual left overs from the flonase. i know there are reports of others saying theyve lost smell and taste while on flonase. But once my sinus infection cleared up, I still wasn't able to smell anything. I noticed on 3/20/16 that I had no sense of smell or taste. Months... Today, I am back to smelling and tasting at what I consider normal. Moreover, too little is known about this problem for doctors to have developed effective treatments.Â. I used Saline Rinse twice a day and smell training. Im done with these drugs!! Any other suggestions? Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. I thought it might be the Tamiflu I had taken also but my doctor said he had not heard that ever happening and that usually when our senses are lost its usually because of nerve damage. I used Flonase for about a week and totally lost my sense of smell. I called the FDA and they said they have had several complaints after it was cleared by the FDA. I used it during a cold. I finally regained my sense after about a month. By the way, when I used the prescription version of Flonase I never had a problem. ### What you need to know A 46 year old ophthalmologist presents with a two week history of loss of sense of smell and taste. I am glad to report that about 80% of my sense of smell and taste has returned. Other studies said it could be even sooner. This is horrible! He had me using Flonase for a month til I see him again. You are the first person I have encountered who has had their smell come back to a normal level.NOT RELIEVED. Are you still using this product? Now I must decide if there are other solutions to the sinus allergies/chronic bronchitis! But I had been sick for a week so I just put it together that maybe it was the Flonase and found this page. I went to the local clinic and I do have strep and a sinus infection. I used Flonase for about 3mths, lost all sense of smell and most of taste. I’ve stopped three weeks ago the Generic Flonase and I am starting to slowly get my taste back. Thank you for following up to let us know it returned. This article is part of Harvard Medical School’s continuing coverage of medicine, biomedical research, medical education and policy related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the disease COVID-19. I, too, seem to be a victim of OTC flonase. It's been 4 days since I last used it and I still can't smell or taste anything. I took it again last night and this morning I could smell the coffee brewing. Decided to google if anyone else had experienced this and sure enough found this site. Thank you M Douglas. In retrospect, though, I’m pretty certain Flonase was the cause. I'm depressed and I don't eat right at all. Hope you get better, too. My PCP will not disparage FLONASE - she prescribed antibiotic Augmentin 10 days. Reader Regains Sense of Smell Lost to Flonase. Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. My understanding is that the zinc in Xicam was also implicated in loss of the sense of smell.Possibly a zinc supplement could help, but I am reluctant to try anything without some supporting evidence that it will be beneficial. In … Senza categoria does flonase kill your sense of smell carafate. I should also add, if you have enough money and/or are close to the DC area, you could go this doctor himself and get a prescription for the drug. sense then everytime I get a cold, my sinus locks up. Very few people seem to fully recover their sense of smell. No, I stopped as soon as I realized my loss was not due to the cold I had. I am very distraught about this!! He did not put 2 and 2 together. I realize that I could absolutely still smell things before I used it now I can't smell even eucalyptus oil right under my nose. Hi i was prescribed yhis spray for chronic sinusitis. For me, I waited it out. I was prescribed antibiotics and prednisone two times by my Ent doctor, to no avail. That is a BIG deal for me. Well at least I now know I'm not crazy... lol. I took recently figured out that my loss of senses was due the use of Flonase. For the last year, I pretty much have no sense of smell. My wife used flonase for a few days but then realized her sense of taste/smell totally went away after the first usage of it. How long did it take you? What a bunch of selfish pricks. From the what looks like thousands of others that have fell victims to this; it seems most likely that it is permanent for most all. New research is showing a connection between a loss of smell and taste and the coronavirus. I can’t imagine going through life without tasting well again. Later that day I spent several hours in a steam shower and regained it slightly but smells are less intense and I cant smell at the same distance as before. I’m leading a miserable life! Revue Medicale Suisse, April 29, 2020. If I get more info I will post again on this thread. I basically begged her for stronger antibiotics still hoping I just have long term sinus infection (lasting a year). I can't believe they get away with this. But when my cold got better but my senses got worst, I knew there was a problem. A. Steroid nasal sprays such as fluticasone (Flonase) and triamincinolone (Nasacort 24HR) used to treat allergies are considered so safe that they are now available without prescription. According to research conducted by GlaxoSmithKline scientists, there is no proof that fluticasone actually causes trouble with the sense of smell (Advances in Therapy, Feb. 2, 2018). I stopped using flonase 4 days ago but still have no sense of smell or taste. I used it for 3 days and stopped when I realized that, previously, no matter how badly my sinuses were clogged that I could still smell and taste. Looking at seeing an ENT doctor. I like everybody else used the over the counter there is a person here that was from Honolulu who mentioned to class action suit I'm not one to Sue somebody but I think it's devastating to lose your sense of smell. And by trauma I mean heart attack, stroke, life threatening asthma attack, broken bones, etc. Some people are reporting a loss of smell and taste as an early symptom of COVID-19. We're empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options. It took about three months for things to go back to now. I thought it was my cold. I never had this problem with the prescription one I used many years ago. I'm grateful beyond belief. I stoped because it gave me a headache. They are not back. Temporary loss of the sense of smell is common with colds and nasal allergies, such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis). I hope that my cells regenerate and my smell returns. Still looking for answers? It is criminal that this has gone on so very long without this nasal spray being recalled plus the fact that it is now over the counter. I have been using Flonase for 3 months and I have lost taste and smell. I am having the same problems after just a few days of use. As of two weeks ago my taste is about 98-100 % better. So very not true—at least here people have been reporting these side effects for years. In the meantime before I read this blog I have had a CT and went to an Allergist. My sense of taste is still not back to normal. I have already contacted my attorney, and am going to move forward against the company. I too just started taking a prescription of Fluctasone Propionate nasal spray 2 days ago. The following morning I noticed a huge improvement in my sniffer. So far, my sense of smell and taste has not returned and after researching, I am so terrified it may not. I had the worst cold ever in my life about 5 weeks ago where i could not even breath for a second and used nasal spray maybe two or three times since it was only thing that let me breathe for a few hours, and since the cold has subsided I have developed a loss of smell and taste that is driving me crazy and after reading all these I have no hope. After 10 days my sense of smell and taste are back - I will never take another nasal spray again moving forward. I'm so grateful that I've regained partial smell. yesterday afternoon i noticed a loss of smell. I imagine the reason there is so little stink about this is that loss of smell has no real monetary value, unless you are a chef or sommelier. Some patients complain that they are unable to smell … I’m so scared my nerves are damaged and it will never return. Some of my smell has come back, at least every now and then I get something, but it is fleeting. Losing your sense of smell or taste is one such coronavirus symptom that more people need to be aware, largely because this is basically … I too have lost my sense of smell and taste after generic Flonase. Lost my sense of taste after using the generic Flonase very briefly. I have been using OTC Flonase for the first time since I had a prescription for it many years ago. The easiest way to lookup drug information, identify pills, check interactions and set up your own personal medication records. Flonase does kill your sense of smell. Thank goodness, because she's an excellent cook! Typical sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes - next day burning eyes, low grade fever 99.4 and then a few days later asthma kicked in full swing- tightness in chest, wheezing, nasal and chest congestion, wet/productive cough and a sore throat. I will not be able to smell if there is a fire in my own house or a like a gas leak. ..no sense of smell. Visualizing regeneration... :-). I’m using Turmeric and it seems to helpand started Saline Soution for my congestion. Data sources include IBM Watson Micromedex (updated 2 Feb 2021), Cerner Multum™ (updated 3 Feb 2021), ASHP (updated 29 Jan 2021) and others. Hyperosmia is a heightened sense of smell. Only tonight i wondered if it could be associated with the spray and hoogled it and was alatmed how many people have used this spray and had the same problems and say they never regained their sense of smell or taste. I do not know how I can live like this, I literally cannot smell anything or taste any food at all. Smell - impaired is found among people who take Flonase, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month. Living this way is horrible!! I'm on day 2. I will look for any kind of potential natural health remedies that could help you. I could not even smell natural gas. I am seeking an answer to this very question. In Early 2017 My doctor suggested I use OTC Flonase due to a horrible flu I had been sick with. GREAT!!! The phase IV clinical study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 54,079 people who have side effects when taking Flonase from the FDA, and is updated regularly. I have just used flonase for the first time it has been once a day for 3 days. If anyone proceeds with a class action suit, I want to be notified. Again, I can't definitively prove that the turmeric is responsible but it's worth a try. In the months since the pandemic began, she’s seen a groundswell of interest and a growing audience for the organization’s coronavirus-related Facebook support page, which has more than 14,000 members. Today is well know that almost everyone is zinc deficient. I am very angry about this!!! Halls cough drops won't work either! Some anti-inflammatory nasal sprays have been linked to the loss of the sense of smell. I've been all over the internet researching this. I am calling my doctor tomorrow to report this condition. She (wife) used it about a week and then stopped, and it came back about 1 month later... Hope that helps relieve some of your worries! I immediately stopped after a few days of usage and after reading your comments. Thank you. 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