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Anyone had decreased taste buds?

Posted by ginnyginny (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 7, 05 at 20:31

Strangest thing, for the past week I've noticed things don't have much flavor. It's to the point now that I'd say I've lost 50% of my taste buds. Ever heard of this? Of course I've looked on the web and it looks a bit scarey. I haven't had a cold in ages and I feel fine!

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RE: Anyone had decreased taste buds?

Yes, my taste went away completely, to the point where I would *know* I was eating, say, steak and chocolate, but I could taste neither. It was caused by blood pressure medicine that I'd started taking not long before. Have you recently started taking any new medications?

After you mentioned this, I went and looked up the subject, and was surprised to find no mention of medication, especially blood pressure medication, many kinds of which are well-known to affect taste buds.

Do talk to your doctor about this.

RE: Anyone had decreased taste buds?

Thanks for the response. It's comforting to know it could be something simple like yours. The only meds I take are Fosamax, lots of vitamins, and a new product on the market (online only) called "Juvenon," a "cellular health supplement." I've been taking that for two months. I read about it in the paper and then on the UC Berkeley website. Supposed to be good getting rid of free radicals or such. I did just email them asking about my taste problem. No response yet. I stopped taking that yesterday. I think I'll stop all my vitamins and see if that helps. I will be seeing my doc on Monday I hope.

Thanks again,

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