METALLIC TASTE - dysgeusia


                                                                                        CAUSES  Medications & infections can cause a metallic taste. - "Certain drugs, most notably the antibiotic metronidazole, but many others as well, may cause similar alterations in taste."
"Exceeding COPPER daily requirement is dangerous...
Copper toxicity commonly occurs. Copper toxicity is a very serious medical problem.

Acute toxicity due to ingestion of too much supplement, for example, may cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness,
headache, and a metallic taste in the mouth. Chronic toxicity is often caused by genetic defects of copper metabolism, such as Wilson's disease.
In this disease, copper is not eliminated properly & is allowed to accumulate to toxic levels.
Copper is therefore present at high concentration where it should not be, such as in the liver, the lens of the eye, kidneys, or brain.  Copper is a good antioxidant. It works together with an antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase (SOD), to protect cell membranes form being destroyed by free radicals.
Free radicals are any molecules that are missing 1 electron.
Because this is an unbalanced & unstable state, a radical is desperately finding ways to complete its pair.
Therefore, it reacts to any nearby molecules to either steal an electron or give away the unpaired 1.
In the process, free radicals initiate chain reactions that destroy cell structures.
Like other antioxidants, copper scavenges or cleans up these highly reactive radicals & changes them into inactive, less harmful compounds. Therefore, it can help prevent cancer and many other degenerative diseases or conditions such as premature aging, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, cataracts, Alzheimer's disease, or diabetes." One may need to increase their SOD to increase copper's benefits & to offset any copper excess.   
Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers "(ARBs) are well-tolerated by most individuals.
The most common side effects are cough,
elevated potassium levels, low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, diarrhea, abnormal taste sensation (metallic or salty taste), & rash.
Compared to ACE inhibitors, cough occurs less often with ARBs. The most serious, but rare, side effects are kidney failure, liver failure, allergic reactions, a decrease in white blood cells, & swelling of tissues (angioedema).

ARBs usually are NOT prescribed for pregnant patients because they may cause birth defects.
Individuals with severe kidney
problems and those who have had a severe reaction to ARBs probably should AVOID them."
Vitamin (vitamin B-12) or mineral (Zinc in diet) deficiency can trigger a metallic taste.
Patients can get vitamin B shots. 
Metallic taste in the mouth can be one symptom of Crohn's disease
Medications that are chewed, rather than swallowed,
may cause a temporary metallic taste at the back of the tongue. Other medications, such as Flagyl, tetracycline, penicillamine, Biaxin, ethambutol, biguanides, or allopurinol, can cause a metallic taste. - "Patients who ingest a heavy metal may complain of cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, sweating, & a metallic taste in the mouth.
Mecury can caue skin burns if it has touched the skin. 
Inhaled mercury vapor can cause seere lung inflammation. 
If lead is inhaled in the form of dust, insomnia, headache, mania & convulsions may occurr.
In severe cases of heavy metal poisoning, patients echibit obvious impairment of cognitive, motor & language skills.  The expression 'mad as a hatter' comes from the mercury poisoning prevalent in 17th century France among hat makers who soaked animal hides in a solution of mercuric nitrate to soften the hair."