Q. My sense of taste and smell got diminished completely after taking medicine for depression. Why?

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Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 01, 2020

My psychiatrist prescribed me Bupropion 300mg XL for depression. I took it for six days. On the 6th day, my sense of smell greatly diminished, and my sense of taste disappeared completely. It has been almost a week since I last took the medication, and there have not been any signs of improvement.

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you need an immediate dose of corticosteroids like Diprofos injection just a single ampule and Vitamin b complex injection once every 3 days. your smell sensation will not be completely restored but at least you can smell again.

Okay, I have a few questions.

1. Do you know why this happened?

2. I can smell strong smells, especially if I bring the source close to my nose. Is this a good sign? Will this make recovery likely?

3. Where can I get this treatment? Will I be able to get it at urgent care?

One thing I noticed, was that while I was taking the medication, I had a burning sensation when breathing through my nose.

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this happened mostly as a side effect of the anti depressant drug as the burning sensation too. also the depression itself can deteriorate some senses. the point number two is an excellent symptom. it means that the olfactory nerves didnot completely distroied and it can recover quickly. this treatment is available at pharmacies. I donot know if you can find it in the urgent care or not.

Okay thank you very much

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