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    Has anyone noticed a change in taste??

    Over last few weeks i have had a dusty taste in my mouth, also dusty smell in my nose....even worse i appear to dislike the taste of alcohol!!!


    Hi Christoff,

    Do you take Riluzole/Rilutek?

    I have not had any odd taste or smell but I have gone off chocolate. In fact, nowadays I am more likely to have a savoury snack than a sweet one!

    Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.


      Yep been taking Riluzole for 4 years


        Hi Christoff

        Nope! Not noticed any changes - been on Riluzole for two years.

        I think I eat less nowadays, but I put that down to lack of exercise.

        If it persists I'd mention it to your GP or clinic.

        Good luck!

        Diagnosed April 2017


          Hi Christoff - nice to hear from you

          Yes, in some people, ALS does appear to (eventually) damage some taste buds, or earlier in bulbar onset people and the perception of smell too, which invariably affects taste.

          The 'dust' feeling in your nose could be due to a weakening sniff or changes to the mucosa.

          And, as Dina alluded to, riluzole is also thought to damage some tastebuds. Other factors are excess or too little saliva, or even changes in how our tongue moves food around in our mouths and side effects from other meds.

          Either way, there's a significant amount of self-reported changes in taste and going off favourite foods or developing likes for new foods, similar to pregnancy. I see from your photo you've a rather big belly, but I think that's down to way too many Duff beers, rather than a baby

          I guess you'll cut down on all those beers now Seriously though, that's a shame...

          Love Ellie.
          ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
          Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.


            Hi Christoff

            So far, I havn't experienced a dusty taste in my mouth - what flavour dust is it? - you reminded me of some sweets I used to buy in the 1970s called 'space dust' (I think its called 'popping candy' now).

            Like Dina, I much prefer savoury to sweet food these days. However, I still enjoy sugary drinks.

            I hope you are still able to enjoy your food, even if your tastes have changed.

            Kayleigh xx


              Hi Christoff and all other contributors. I went off sweet things including chocolate shortly after starting Riluzone. Like Dina I prefer savoury things. I get the occasional desire for a bit of cake or something but then tend to leave it after two or three mouthfuls (not really mouthfuls sinceI take smaller amouts so as to avoid choking). I love a hottish curry. Lynne
              ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

              I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.


                Not taste but hubby says he smells smoke and he feels his lungs are full of smoke. He can't take Riluzole as he has fibrosis of the lungs.


                  I’ve experienced something similar but usually only when I’ve been active and think it’s linked to how I’m breathing and swallowing, I call it cotton mouth, it’s very unpleasant �� the only change in taste I’ve noticed is I can’t handle sour things or tarty as my saliva goes in overdrive and I start choking, try and see if there is a pattern of when the problem occurs, good luck ��


                    Hi hayls and welcome to the forum,

                    I have similar problems with even slightly sour things or tarty foods or drinks, I just pull funny faces like normal people do if they eat a bit of a sour lemon. This also happened quite early on in my Mnd life and hasn't got any worse.

                    Chris, I can't drink many red or dry white wines now but can drink a little of most beers.

                    If riluzole starts to dissolve in your mouth it will cause a loss of feeling and affect taste.

                    Love Terry
                    TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

                    It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

                    Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.


                      Christoff, the taste is weird I assume the Riluzole and eye drops and Carbocisteine make it weird as taking it three times a day. My saliva very thick and I am drooling all day. I have a feeding Peg but luckily don’t need it yet as eat everything if mashed up. Formally diagnosed with MND 5yrs ago.
                      I don’t struggle on a Saturday night as always have my curry and a pint of the only thing I pray for Enville Ginger.
                      Best wishes John