While I'm confident Flagyl is working I have suffered some severe side effects, one of which is unlisted. I believe it is working because my abdominal pain has significantly decreased since being diagnosed with diverticulitis about 1 week ago. I am also taking Cipro. The reported side effect of having a metallic taste is very understated! Not only do I have an AWFUL paint/chemical taste constantly in my mouth, but my sense of smell is on overdrive! This has contributed significantly to my loss of appetite, nausea, and in many cases my inability to function. I threw away my sheets because I couldn't sleep; I carry around room deodorizer with me because whenever I walk into a room I gag due to the smells - that are only overwhelming to me.
yes. I took ten days of Flagyl and stopped it 3 weeks ago and am left with a wierd odor that seems to be emenating from the nose at times and others from the skin itself .. this has affected my taste as well and the doctor wants me to go on an antidepressant.. I feel that it's not FROM depression but very well could be causing one as this is maddening.. My wife finally admitted she could smell this odor... the doc said he could not..i too have been awakening by it..and is with me most all the time now..Hard to describe the odor.but not pleasant.
I am on Flagyl and Cipro for the same disorder. I thought I was imagining it at first, but the phenomenon lasted for, so far, five days since starting the drugs (and I hope it ends when treatment ends). I walked into a Big Lots store and was horrified by the overwhelming chemical/plastic smells. I thought "I don't remember it being this bad before. I feel sorry for the workers breathing this toxic environment for eight hours!" Soon I realized that everything had an enhanced odor, from my dogs' poop in the yard (I thought maybe my dog was sick it was so unusually stinky) to people's halitosis (even my doctor's breath today was bad) to fragrances to chemicals.
I feel sorry for my dogs if they can smell as well or, probably much better, than this. It is a bit oppressive if not disgusting. But on the plus side, you realize how much out-gassing there is, especially with plastics. Something gained in that.
This is my 6th round of Flagyl over a 10 month period for C Diff. Beginning w/the fourth round I noticed a bad odor emanating it seems from my head chest and upper back area. Maybe that is only what I think since these regions are up near my nose. Also I may have had it each time I took Flagyl, yet it progressed w/each subsequent round, and that's why I noticed it. I also began getting a rash - small raised bumps I this same area, so I thought maybe it was from that, and I too smell it heavily (though I believe I'm hypersensitive in the smelling department now, too) on my pillow case and sheets and keep washing them every couple of days. Showering doesn't take the odor away but it makes it better than before the shower. Between rounds of Flagyl - this may be my last due to increasing side effects - the order (I can best describe as burning flesh) and rash go away thankfully. This last time it took > 2 weeks.
I am left with the hyper awareness of smells however, and sometimes wonder if the experience of each offensive odor now is truly present or if I am left w/some sort of "PTSD" associated with the smells that once assaulted me..that in reality they are only a memory as strong as a flashback. I have trouble eating now too and have am flooded with memories as if I was back where I originally smelled the particular smell, whether shampoo, food, fabric softener, etc. I even have traumatic nightmares of when I first noticed the newly mega smell of things..where I was, etc. I know the body odor will leave eventually when I get off this med. until then, I'm canceling my hair cut appt. as it emanates from my scalp, too.
Yes, yes, yes. I realize this is a fairly old post, but I too have frequent bouts with diverticulitis and each time I get prescribed Flagyl + Cipro. And each time my sense of smell goes off the charts. There is one common smell that is very weird that is hard to describe, but it is chemical smelling. I've never smelled this when not on the meds. I often smell that one on people's breaths, but not everyone has it. When I stop taking the meds, the abnormal smell eventually goes away. I don't remember how long it takes, but maybe just a couple days?
I absolutely hate this treatment. Bad taste in mouth. Bad smells. Makes me feel unwell. By the end of the treatment, I am completely disgusted.
Yes I had same issue while taking cipro & flagyl, and for months after. I kept smelling a nasty stinky garlicy beef dog food poop odor. Even right after a shower. Wasn't sure if it was me, my own breath or my body odor. I kept checking to see if I sharted my shorts. My wife said she didn't smell it. It took months to go away.
I still don't know what it really was.
Some online posts , people speculate on causes. Some include imbalances of intestinal flora, even Candida (yeast) overgrowth.
I was prescribed flagyl and levaquin for my diverticulitis, rather than flagyl and cipro. I took extra probiotics (FloraJen3) while taking the 2 very strong antibiotics, to keep the good flora from being overtaken by the bad bacteria when the antibiotics were killing off all the bacteria, good and bad (that's what antibiotics do). So you have to replenish the good bacteria. I didn't get the "funky smell" thing. But I didn't take cipro, either. Who knows??
I am SO happy to see these posts! It's the first time I've ever taken Flagyl; like the posts above I'm taking it with Cipro for diverticulitis. I am driving everyone crazy around me as I walk into a place and say "what's that smell"? I feel like I've got a dog's sense of smell, but only for the bad things. And I have a metallic taste in my mouth. At least now I know why. Thank you everyone!
I'm so glad I googled this topic. I'm on Flagyl/Cipro for DV and the smells are going to do me in over and above the DV! First I thought it was my cat, then the other human in the house, then the dog and then my coworkers. Everything and everyone stinks. It's like a super man sense of smell and it's not pleasant! Five more days of pills and I hope this resolves! Also zero appetite which I'll take as I needed to shed a few lbs.
I was recently prescribed the same 2 drugs and have had exactly the same experience. I was due to take a 10 day course but have given up after 3 days because the side effects of the drugs are worse than the illness itself! I would describe the smell as mould combined with very old over ripe French Brie cheese. I notice it in so many places and on some people and often it makes me wretch. The taste in my mouth is disgusting but worse is the constant thirst caused by the treacle like texture of the saliva. I stopped taking the drugs 2 days ago after only 3 days. I hope the side effects will go soon!
I have been on Flagyl for 3 days for a new dental infection, including several IV doses in the hospital emergency room. I am NOT taking Cipro, but am also taking Augmentin after 3 initial doses of Unisyn synthetic penicillin. Everything smells indescribably funky; sometimes I just smell it when there is nothing else to smell, as if my nose itself has an odor... or my sweat, or my skin smells. Other people assure me that I don't smell. The pancakes my wife just cooked smell like it. I threw off my bedclothes the other night because I thought they smelled bad, but I still smelled it. I also have experienced the enhanced sense of smell that some have described. I can smell a glass of red wine from 10 feet away! It seems to me that the Flagyl must be affecting the smell receptors in my nose or possibly my brain's interpretation of the input from those receptors. Most of the taste sensations we experience beyond things like sweet/sour, bitter, salty and several others actually come from our noses.
Thank god I found this post I thought I was going mad. I just finished a course of Flagyl for a gum infection and I have this strange overactive sense of smell I can smell like a chemical type smell a lot too. I actually thought it was just from my daughter at first (which had me concerned) then I realised I am getting these odd smells or very strong smells everywhere. I took my last tablet on Friday this is Sunday any idea when this will go away?
I was so happy to find this. I just yesterday finished my 10 day course of Flagyl and Cipro for my 2nd bout of diverticulitis. About 4 or 5 days into it, like flipping a switch, so much in my house smelled terrible. The same smell. And my nose almost - no did, burned. So I asked my husband and we went around, sorta super cleaning. Sure, we found stuff that could use some spring cleaning but I couldn't shake it. The last straw was when I opened a new bottle of sealed OTC meds and the cotton smelled like it to my nose. I got online, and searched for Flagyl Sense of Smell. I hope if goes away asap. I was inches from tossing most of my ebay inventory, which all - magically and tragically - smelled terrible! And I sell very nice gently used and vintage clothing! OMG!
I was prescribed Flagyl and Cipro in October 2019 for Diverticulitis. After three days I stopped taking it because of the terrible side effects. My abdominal pain wasn’t getting better and the metallic taste was unbearable. I experienced this when I was on chemotherapy in 2002 and it was triggering for me. I had to insist to the doctor to change me to Augmentin. Since this, I have very little sense of smell but some odors are horrific to me and not normal. Strong smells like Coffee, cooking meats, feces all have the same rotten smell that I cannot even describe as something familiar. Anything that has a perfume to it is sweet and putrid. My GI doctor did nothing when I told him this. I went to an ENT and had an MRI... nothing. He said some people just lose their sense of smell but there was nothing he could do. It may or may not come back. I’m so frustrated that I have to spend the rest of my life like this.
None that of the Doctors will address the fact that this happened after taking these meds. I’m wondering if there is anyone else that continues to have the bad odor issue even months after stopping the medication.
I took Metronidazole for an infection and it's been 2 weeks since I stopped it, and my sense of taste and smell is still different. Garlic smells disgusting to me now, and even with foods like bacon, eggs and a few others, it's not the same. But I don't know if it's just temporary, or will it continue on for the next month or so
I have definitely noticed the bad smell thing. I started noticing a damp, mildew type of smell soon after starting flagyl. It's as if someone left a huge pile of wet laundry to just sit in a basket for several days with a just a hint of raw sewage. I noticed it everywhere, like it was following me and it was actually what brought me to this site.
Like many other commenters I am also taking Cipro for a diverticulitis flare up. This is terrible but I will 100 percent take it over the 10 out of 10 stabbing side pains I was having with the flare up. Oh and I feel physically hungry but the sight and thought of actually eating food makes me feel ill. If that makes sense. A few days ago the only thing I could stomach was instant ramen noodles (I know terrible for you). I made a pack but the smell of it has lingered this whole time. I have 4 more days of this, including today. I can't wait to be done and move on with my life!
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