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Alternative Names Loss of taste; Metallic taste; Dysgeusia References Reamy BV, Derby R, Bunt CW. Common tongue conditions in primary care. Am Fam Physician . 2010;81(5):627-634. Finelli PF, Mair RG. Disturbances of smell and taste. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Neurology in Clinical Practice . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2008:chap 19. Travers JB, Travers SP, Christian JM. Physiology of the oral cavity. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 89.
Full Question: I have been taking Topamax for three months and I am experiencing a difference in the way my food tastes, an awful metallic taste in my mouth, and painful, tingling sensations in my upper right back area and also on the bottoms of my feet. Could this be due to this medication? Have you heard of others having these difficulties? Thank your for your time. Sherry. Answer: Dear Sherry; Yes, altered taste can be a side effect of Topamax. Tingling of the extremities can also be a side effect of Topamax, but for it to be occurring in the upper back area is not typical. The tingling in your feet might be helped by asking your doctor about a potassium supplement. You do need to mention all of these side effects to your doctor. They may lessen over time. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . About Ask the Clinician :...
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