Medications & Metallic Taste

Distorted taste is a common side effect of certain medications. This distorted taste is called a metallic taste, medically known as dysgeusia.
Medications that can cause metallic taste include but are not limited to:

  • – Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, clarithromycin (Biaxin) or metronidazole (Flagyl)
  • – Blood pressure medications, such as captopril (Capoten)
  • – Glaucoma medications, such as methazolamide (Neptazane)
  • – Osteoporosis medications
  • – Gout medicine allopurinol
  • – Lithium, which is used to treat certain psychiatric conditions

Generally, the body absorbs medicine and it gets released into the saliva. Medicines that can cause a dry mouth, such as antidepressants, may also lead to metallic taste. These affect the sense of taste by closing the taste buds, resulting in a “bad” taste within the mouth.

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