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  Permanent Taste and Smell Disorders Induced by Clarithromycin: A Case Report [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2015; 21(1): 34-36 | DOI: 10.4274/tnd.13284  

Permanent Taste and Smell Disorders Induced by Clarithromycin: A Case Report

Nihat Şengeze1, Vedat Ali Yürekli2, Hasan Rıfat Koyuncuoğlu2, Serkan Kırbaş3
1Yalvaç State Hospital, Clinic of Neurology, Isparta, Turkey
2Süleyman Demirel University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Isparta, Turkey
3Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Rize, Turkey

Clarithromycin belongs to a group of medications called macrolide antibiotics. Other antibiotics in this group include erythromycin, troleandomycin, roxithromycin, spiramycin and azithromycin. The most common use of antibiotics in this group are mild to moderate infections of skin, soft-tissues, mouth and respiratory tract, caused by gram-positive bacteria. This group of antibiotics are known to have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, hives, and other forms of skin rashes, drug-induced fever and anorexia when administered perorally. In this article a case who has permanent loss of smell and taste after the clarithromycin therapy has presented. Drugs that often cause taste and smell dysfunction and mechanisms of action are discussed accompanied by literature. (Turkish Journal of Neurology 2015; 21: 34-6)

Keywords: Clarithromycin, anosmia, taste disorders


Nihat Şengeze, Vedat Ali Yürekli, Hasan Rıfat Koyuncuoğlu, Serkan Kırbaş. Permanent Taste and Smell Disorders Induced by Clarithromycin: A Case Report. Turk J Neurol. 2015; 21(1): 34-36

Corresponding Author: Nihat Şengeze, Türkiye


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