I have lost all sense of taste and smell after using the generic version of Flonase, is there anything I can do to get it back?
You didn't hear it from me, but your best hope is to get a prescription for Theophylline. 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). So, if you have a primary physician who's willing to give you a prescription for this now rarely used, but also pretty harmless drug, it is probably your best hope.
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 could not even smell natural gas. After reading other comments on the internet, including yours, I was very distraught, and was 99% sure it would never come back. I has come back as of today, 5 days later. I'm grateful beyond belief.
I am seeking an answer to this very question. I have lost my sense of taste and smell for a long time after taking the generic form of Flonase, and right now I am having greater issues and my doctor still proscribed it. Funny thing this is not one of the side effect the company posted.
I wish I read this before I used Flonase Sensimist. 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. It's been 4 days since I last used it and I still can't smell or taste anything. I've emailed my doctor and awaiting a reply. I can't even smell the sulfur from a burning match.
My sense of smell has not fully returned since a sinus infection 6 weeks ago. My doctor told me to double the dosage (to twice a day) of my generic Flonase during the infection. After some trial and error I realized that Flonase was making the anosmia worse. The "glimpses" of smell that I had would disappear again after using the spray and I discontinued use approx 3 weeks ago. I have been panicked at the thought that 2 of my 5 senses might be permanently damaged.
I fully admit this might be a complete coincidence but two days ago I took a 500mg tumeric supplement that I occasionally use when my joints ache. The following morning I noticed a huge improvement in my sniffer. I even caught a whiff of my baby's freshly washed hair! That is a BIG deal for me. I took it again last night and this morning I could smell the coffee brewing. Again, I can't definitively prove that the turmeric is responsible but it's worth a try. I also found a quercetin/bromelain complex useful for helping my sinus congestion after I discontinued the spray. I couldn't take Sudafed every day because my heart rate was going nuts. Best of luck to all of you! Don't give up hope.
- Flonase Information for Consumers
- Flonase Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Flonase (detailed)
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