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Phantom Smells after going off SSRI or SNRI

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Apr 9, 2019 | Replies (11)

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The smell thing is the oddest thing! Whenever I went to my parents house, I was compelled to clean it. My dad was sick and, unbeknownst to us, mom had dementia. Neither of them were bathing regularly and the smell always lingered in my nose. It wasn’t a sweaty smell, just old people. Dad was very ill and eventually passed away almost exactly one year ago. It’s been an incredibly stressful time for me. (And of course this is the time I chose to ween off Effexor!). Anyway, I’ve been reading that stress causes phantom smells too. Just throwing that out there.

I’ve always had a really keen sense of smell. I hope I don’t lose it entirely. When I get that cigarette smell going, that’s about all I can smell. And it’s truly awful! And also, even at work, I sometimes even smell that old people smell. Crazy!

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@secretwhitepop – Good morning. Sometimes when we have an emotional reaction to smells we tend to keep them around longer. "old people" smells in a house or nursing homes can stay with anyone longer than anyone would want. It's as if we are saying to ourselves, "why isn't there better care here"? So back to you, have you had any health check-up lately to rule out any illnesses? Have you seen an ENT? I find that it's always best, if something is physically bothersome, to get it checked out by a doctor. I have too often been wrong in self diagnosis. Here is a great article, although 2 years old. @parus you might like this too.
https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/disease-disorders/phantosmia-smelling-smoke-all-the-time/