odors from medication

odors from medication

some medications can cause bad odor

medications can

  • contain odor compounds themselves
  • interfere with the metabolism of odor compounds in the foods we eat
  • interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormone) system leading to increased odor

odor presence depends on the dose, genetics and the individuals current metabolism capability

odor perception is subjective and depends on genetics and sensitivity of a persons smell sensors

some diseases can also cause body odor

the table below includes some medications and their commonly perceived odor

please note

if you are taking a medication that might be causing unpleasant odor it is important not to adjust the dose without consulting your prescribing medical professional

medicationodor description
amylnitritedirty socks
antidepressants:
bupropion hydrochloride (Zyban)
clomipramine hydrochloride (Anafranil)
duloxetine hydrochloride (Cymbalta)
escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro)
fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac, Sarafem)
paroxetine hydrochloride (Paxil)
paroxetine mesylate (Pexeva)
sertraline hydrochloride (Zoloft)
venlafaxine hydrochloride (Effexor)

odor associated with increased sweating
antihistaminessulfur odor associated with dry mouth (xerostomia)
antineoplastics
methotrexate
actinomycin d
flourouracil
adriamycin
bleomycin
decayed blood, yeasty associated with candida infection, sulfur associated with bacteria caused by dry mouth and low white blood cell count (leukopenia)
asprinodor associated with increased sweating
atropinessulfur odor associated with bacteria caused by dry mouth (xerostomia)
biphosphonatesodor associated with jaw bone necrosis
chloral hydratepungent
dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)garlicky breath and body odor
diureticssulfur odor associated with bacteria caused by dry mouth (xerostomia)
empagliflozin (Jardiance)sweet
ethyl alcoholalcohol
euprolide acetate (Lupron)fruity
griseofulvin (gris-PEG)yeasty odor associated with oral yeast infection
isosorbide dinitratesulfur odor
isosorbide dinitrate (isordil)tba
lithium saltssulfur odor associated with bacteria caused by dry mouth (xerostomia)
metformindead fish
methamphetamineammonia, acetone, decay associated with rotting teeth
omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)fishy
omeprazole (prilosec)garbage odor associated with slow food digestion (gastroparesis)
penicillaminesulfur odor associated with increased gram negative bacteria
phenothiazine antipsychoticssulfur odor associated with bacteria caused by dry mouth (xerostomia) and hairy tongue (lingua villosa nigra)
radiation therapysulfur odor associated with bacteria overgrowth in dry mouth (xerostomia)
ranitidine (zantac)garbage odor associated with slow food digestion (gastroparesis)
statins:
atorvastatin (lipitor)
fluvastatin (lescol)
lovastatin (mevacor, altoprev)
pitavastatin (livalo)
pravastatin (pravachol)
rosuvastatin (crestor)
simvastatin (zocor)
fruity
sulfa antibioticssulfur
thiocarbamide/thioureasulfur
thyroxineodor associated with increased sweating
topiramate (Topamax) anticonvulsantmusty
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