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?
Flonase - Is there anything I can do to recover my sense of smell & taste?
Question posted by BeaJay618 on 20 Jan 2012
Last updated on 5 February 2022 by Alexhabib
I used flonase a couple years ago for a few weeks as recommended by my ENT to help with allergies or snoring. I noticed my smell and taste being very diminished. I notified him but he said it was an uncommon side effect. He said if I was worried to stop taking it. It took a few months before it felt more normal again.
I used generic Flonase for about four days as instructed and have lost most of my smell. I can still taste, but there is a weird bitter aftertaste. I can only smell strong scents when directly under my nose. I’m going to use the saline solution and pray for the best. I hope only having used it for a few days will help my recovery.
I used flonase twice, realized about two hours after the second use I couldn’t smell or taste. Confirming after I got home, can’t even smell straight vinegar. Have very minimal taste. I’ll be contacting my Dr. today.
I used Flonase fairly regularly for several years. Finally one day I realized I could not smell anything. I wondered about Covid but didn't really think I had it. Then I wondered about Flonase, researched online a bit and immediately stopped using it. It's been about 3 mos and I am just starting to smell a few very faint smells. They come and go from day to day. More bizarre is that I randomly through out the day get a weird smell I can't identify. (that no one else seems to smell) It seems to be more likely to happen when I am trying to smell something strong, but I get a different scent than it should be. Very disheartening. I have read about smell training and have just started that. Additionally, someone on this site mentioned Theophylline as potentially helpful. That is naturally in black tea and to a lessor extent in green tea. Not sure if it will help but I do drink black tea every morning. And I rinse with saline daily - thinking it couldn't hurt.
I really wish Flonase would just add this as a possibility on the label. I probably would still have used it (thinking that it would never happen to me) but I don't think I would have used it as often or for as long as I did. My doctor seemed to imply it was pretty safe to use. I am hopeful, reading all the posts on this site, that my smell will return eventually. I will give it more time and perhaps see an ENT later. Thanks for all your helpful comments.
I started using Flonase back in April 2020. I lost my sense of smell for 2 weeks, I wrote it off as COVID related.
August 23 we had a severe storm, and I asked my husband why the rain smelled horrible, musty/moldy scent. He replied with “it smells like rain” since that day I’ve noticed water smells like musty/chlorine/wet leaves
Onions and cheddar flavored foods, mint smell and taste like literal garbage.
I’m literally crying almost every night.
My depression has gotten extremely bad.
These new smells make me sick to my stomach daily.
It’s severely affecting my life
I too used flonase for over 3 years. I haven't had any sense of smell for about 5 yrs now. There has got to be an attorney that would be willing to start a class action law suit.
I used Flonase 4 days ago (one dose on Saturday, one on Sunday). Today is Wednesday and I have absolutely no sense of taste or smell. I can eat a glob of wasabi and feel the heat in my nasal cavity but otherwise, nothing. It's incredibly depressing. I left a message with my doctor to see if she's heard of this and I'm praying she doesn't write this off as something Covid related since I do not have any other Covid symptoms. I try not to think about it because it's freaking terrifying to think this is permanent. This should be a class action lawsuit.
I looked it up and you can't even get a service dog for loss of smell which would be the ONLY upside of this.
How long did it take?
My boyfriend and I experienced the same reaction with taking the generic brand “equate”. He did one squirt in each nostril and I did two. We only used this one time and that same day lost our sense of smell and taste.
I had called the nurse advice line with tricare and thw nurse had told me to use a humidifier/diffuser and saline spray to moisturize my nose. And as of today, using the saline spray routinely and keeping my diffuser on all night long, I have regained my taste more than enough to taste something. My boyfriend has been doing this as well. I recommend this as it flushes out the medicine in your nose and also helps with it being excessively dry. Hope this helps! Good luck to you all (and throw this nasty stuff away!)
I am having the same problem after using Flonase, it’s been one week? Did anyone ever find out why this happens to smell and taste? Causing great stress and anxiety!
I have also lost my sense of smell after using the NON-GENERIC version for 2 days. This is a warning and RED FLAG to anyone planning on using it. It may destroy your sense of smell. Gotta love the incompetent US government and medical industry paying homage to the highest bidder. Others are right, in this day and age you must do your research before taking any prescriptions.
I have had a cold for what seems like 6 weeks now, used generic fluticasone for about three weeks until yesterday without it helping my congestion and I lost my taste and smell weeks ago and attributed it to my cold, but after spraying it in my nostrils I realized I could smell the Flonase for about 20-30 seconds but nothing else. Finally looked into it and found this forum. I really hope I get it back. I will say I used brand name Flonase about six years ago for allergies and this never happened. I definitely think it’s something to do with the generic.
I loss my smell and taste after 1 week of using Flonase daily. I am terrified it will not come back. Very depressed, cannot even taste coffee or chocolate. I am happy I found this site and can’t believe how many years this has been reported with no resolution.
I just found this thread today. I have been using Fluticasone Propionate for months now. Allergy/asthma doc prescribed it. Generic Flonase. I haven't been able to smell for months. Didn't really notice it until I went shopping at Bath and Body Works and couldn't smell the fragrances! I stopped a couple of days ago and will try your suggestions here. I am all stuffed up right now. Last month when I had my annual check up with my allergy doc he just shrugged it off when I told him I couldn't smell. I wish I would have never taken this crap! I'll keep you all in the loop. If there is a class action lawsuit I'm all in.
My sense of smell has been going in and out for about 5 weeks. I am just piecing it together that it might be the Flonase (generic) I’ve been using for allergies. Today was the worst day yet. No smell at all. Not even strong perfumes... nothing. I googled “can Flonase damage sense of smell” and found this site. Now I’m in a panic. I’ll call an ENT tomorrow to make an appointment. And I’ll stop using Flonase. If anybody has any suggestions, I’d appreciate it. I’m so worried. I can’t imagine going through the rest of my life without smelling or tasting anything :(
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