Some medicines do have an unpleasant or bitter taste. This usually settles after a few hours, and is unlikely to cause ongoing problems. However, some medicines have altered sense of taste as a side effect. This can be an ongoing issue that may affect your eating habits and lead to nutritional deficiencies and weight loss. It may even cause people to stop taking their medicine.
Symptoms of taste disturbance can include:
- having a sweet, sour, salty, bitter, or metallic taste
- losing some of your ability to taste
- becoming more sensitive to taste
- losing your sense of taste.