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Hi Help this is terrible... beware of Terbinafine.....I could not understand why my husband's usually amazing tomato soup tasted so horrible and musty....Since then, 4 days ago ,I have had a terrible metalic/sour taste in my mouth after eating all kinds of food. Fruit, sandwiches, cheeses, chocolate, spicy meals, hot teas whatever. I have not only lost my sense of taste but now get this nasty bitter aftertaste after taking a few bites of food.....

Thanks for this forum...I know what has happened and am horrified that it might take me several months to recover...

I usually stay well away from medications but I was worried that a ringworm infection was not improving with the cream I was given and would spread so took what the doc gave me. Took the Terbinafine for about 3 weeks and had 4 to go when out of the blue this happened. As soon as I realized it could be medication I stopped taking it.

I am 60.. a little plump (I love all kinds of food and am a vegan and my hubby is a wonderful cook) but otherwise very healthy.

It is shocking and very upsetting to think this might go on for several months...The only good thing is I will probably loose weight because I almost dread eating...

I am stunned the doc did not warn me and am heading back to demand some help....

Does Zinc work or does it have side effects also?

Like other posters I took my taste buds for granted and the thought of never being able to taste food or ending up with a bitter aftertaste is depressing to say the least.....

Thanks for the suggestions and advice. I will try to be patient.

Does anyone know a way to flush it out or why exactly it happens? There must be a scientific explanation and cure...

Any taste bud experts out there please help!


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    I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this too! I took this medication over 4 years ago. I was on it on three weeks and I started to notice that might taste was totally off. I too stopped taking terbinafin,e but I’ll have to let you know that it took about four weeks for my taste to come back to normsl; l and from all that I’ve read everyone gets their taste back again. I don’t know what there is out there to make it go away, but I think all of the chemicals or whatever terbinafine has in it just has to get totally out of your system. Good luck to you!

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    Hey Margaret, Sorry you are going through this, I am in the same boat. I took Terbinafine for 58 day, My taste has been gone for about 3 or 4 weeks now. I know how depressing this can be. Hang in there, from all I read, the taste will come back at some point.

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