I took Plaquenil for six months, and it did affect my sense of taste and appetite. I have never taken sulfsalizaine. You might ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
do you mind me asking how many milligrams of sulfasalazine you are taking? I was taking 3000 mg a day... my doc has taken me off for 6 months but when I go back I am thinking of taking less of a dose to see if it makes a difference. I felt better taking it and do not want to get into injectables if I can put that off.. I cannot take methotrexate due to side effects with my lungs...thanks for your reply
I just googled this and found this page. I have been on sulfasalazine since May, with in the last month and a half I have had this awful taste in my mouth, and nothing seems appealing. I need coffee every morning, and the last 2 weeks it turned my stomach. I cook for my family and I cannot taste! It is not helping my RA, but I do not want to go on other meds that may be worse. Is there any other answer? Also, my doctor said this was all in my mind! No...its not.
Have been taking Plaquenil for almost a month, have noticed a remarkable change in food tastes..i.e. metalic taste to certain foods. Have lost almost 10 pounds,
& sense of smell enhanced. I do not like this drug & want to get off of it as soon
as possible. Have not noticed it reducing the pain of my RA.
I haven't notice in change in taste and smell and l've been on both for several years. My problem is when my sulfasazine has a powder feeling to it. ?When it does it has a bitter taste.
I took plaquenil and had the weirdest reaction to food. I'm not exagerating at all here -- I literally ate one meal everyday for the 3-4 months I was on the drug. Also, I could open the refrigerator, and it was not like looking at food -- it was like seeing tools, or bricks. Nothing sparked my appetite at all. None of my old-stand-by foods were even remotely appetizing.
Just a little update -- I'm now on sulfasalazine and have had yet another change in how things taste to me. It isn't nearly as bad as what I mentioned above with the plaquenil, but its noticable. I can't imagine what the two together would be like.