lambda wrote:I also lose my taste for alcohol when I have anti-biotics, even though most other food and drinks seem normal. A few months ago I had amoxicillin, and after that erythromycin (turned out I am allergic for the first, ouch) and in both cases alcohol tasted awful.
Laddie, do you have an explanation for this phenomenon? I searched the internet at that time, but couldn't find anything useful.
I've not seen anything in writing specifically about this (don't start Sion
) but there was an article comparing side effects of a new antibiotic with more established antibiotics, including effects on taste, but I can't access the full text without subscribing to the journal. There has been quite a bit of work done on quality of life in chemotherapy patients, in whom "taste perversion" is a common adverse effect. Chemotherapy can inhibit the immune response making it easier for some bacteria/yeasts to flourish in the mouth. As commensal bacteria (bacteria that normally live on/in the body) have an effect on the make up of saliva (particularly its pH) and saliva has an effect on taste, changes in the normal oral flora can affect taste.
Using antibiotics will kill off some of these commensal bacteria leaving those not killed (different antibiotics have actions against different sorts of bacteria) to proliferate (the fact that antibiotics kill off commensal bugs in the gut is why many people get the squits on antibiotics). One bug, the yeast candida albicans (thrush) often colonises the mouth if antibiotics are taken and certainly affects taste. His occurs particularly with broad spectrum antibiotics (those that have action against a wide range of bacteria) such as amoxycillin and penicillin.
Also antibiotics have a naturally bitter taste (this is why antibiotic syrups for kids are highly flavoured. My daughter was on some last week that tasted of lemon sherbert, yum) and of course whatever else you eat of drink affects how your whisky or wine tastes.
As for why this affects alcoholic drinks in particular I'm afraid I have no idea