The effect of medicines on the olfactory system
Olfaction is the sense of smell. A pharmaceutical drug, also referred to as medicine, medication or medicament, can be loosely defined as any chemical substance intended for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease.
The aim is to find smelly drugs
A closed leading question was sent as a tweet was sent to 370 people that follow @MrDispenser asking to tell me about drugs that smell good or bad. No financial inducement was given. Ethics approval was not obtained. An application for funding was made and denied by the National Lottery. Consent was obtained via direct message for tweets to appear in this report.
30 people replied.
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@zams123: depakote does smell like cannabis.
@L1ttlepetal: my dispenser ex bar manager said it smells like stale beer
This was very popular and my personal favourite too!
@josephbush cannot beat Neo-Mercazole
@indisangar neo-mercazole smells like strawberry milkshake
@susieminney carbimazole smell of milkshake
Another popular choice
@laura_anne182 prefer Celevac. Serial tub-sniffer
@JustHelenYeah Celevac has to be the best for smell and colour
@Mushypea Celevac… just like strawberry milkshake
This is the ronseal of tablets
@laura_anne182 Bendro 2.5mg (tubs of 500) smells like a chair in an old folks home.
@indisangar bendro smells like p**s, kind of appropriate, isn’t it?
@jommcmillan bendros smell like what they do
@cathrynjbrown Bad = bendro,
@susieminney bendroflumethiazide smells like stale wee. Ironic really.
@zams123 I like the musky smell of bendros! Weird I know!
@catrionabrodie: Nabumetone (especially Relifex) smells like butterscotch
@alkemist 1912: Relifex smell of butterscotch
@Mushypea: Relifex was like butterscotch
@cathrynjbrown good: relifex
@PatelSuk Can’t believe no one’s mentioned Vitamin B compound. Weirdly addictive
@Anj17 I don’t like vitamin B. ewww smell.
@susieminney I love the smell of vitamin B in any shape or form
Vitamin caps BPC
Another controversial one
@laura_anne182 Funny how the smells can grow on you. I am now quite fond of the stinky vitamin caps
@lilygidley vitamin caps like Bovril
@JoMyattL I love vitamin caps BPC
@zams123 vitamin bpc caps smell horrible.
@josephbush vit caps = Bovril-y goodness
@NeelmSaina vitamin bpc capsules… Marmite smell?
@cathrynjbrown Bad: vitamin caps bpc
Strong views on these common drugs
@Anj17 the banana amox.. yummy
@NeelmSaina bad = cephalexin caps
@Sairah_Banu flucloxacillin smells of the 1p sherberts
@Mushypea: fluclox caps are suphur like
@cathrynjbrown: Bad: flucloxacillin caps
@laura_anne182: Ciproxin susp smells like barrats fruit salads
@adamplum love the smell of fluclox mixture
@clareylang yes I agree. The liquid is completely the opposite of the caps
@cathrynbrown Oh yes, the waft of amoxil or distaclor powder as you pour the water in
@clareylang Augmentin Duo smells well nice
@susieminney cephalosporins smell of cat wee
@becky_ross_23 Co-danthramer suspension smells exactly like tinned peaches
The smell is explained with science!
@zams123 Aspirin 75mg disp smells of salt and vinegar crisps
@clareylang aspirin really does smell like that
@adamplum cos acetyl-salicylic acid breaks down to acetic acid
Smells like toothpaste
@EmmTurner spironolactone smells like menthol
@Pillmanuk spironolactone used to smell of minty wee
@tinaallsup: Neoral smells very strongly of beer. No complaints
@pakili1981: lamotrigine smells like lollies
@Sareenuh Vicks VapoRub Mmmmmm@mgcmitchell capol yum yum
@mgcmitchell pabrinex, TPN, and coal tar are bad
@Sairah_Banu: fentanyl patches smell really weird as well
@jommcmillan: Anybody remember Junifen? Used to smell like lemon puff biscuits
@pillmanuk NEVER smell heminevrin liquid
@misspill never break a full bottle in the dispensary either
Two people have said that Mecysteine smells horrible!
27 drugs were mentioned.
Drugs smell. Vitamin caps BPC was the most commented drug. Relifex and Celevac were the best smelling drugs. Bendroflumethiazde was the worst smelling drug.
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