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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Pharmacy and Medications
Is there a certian medication of class of medication that can make your urine smell stronger?
Thank you for contacting NetWellness. There are some medications, foods, herbal remedies, and medical conditions that can cause urine to have a strong, unusual, or unpleasant odor.
Matthew Delahunty, PharmD, BCPS Non-Traditional PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, The Ohio State University Medical Center
- Some herbal remedies such as Buchu and Fenugreek are herbals that may cause urine to have an abnormal odor. Fenugreek may cause a characteristic "maple syrup" odor.
- There are medications as well that can cause an unpleasant odor such as levocarnitine, thiabendazole, and succimer. Levocarnitine may cause a characteristic "fishy" odor.
- Foods may cause urine to have an unpleasant odor; one such example is asparagus.
- Diabetes or high blood sugar, urinary tract infection, ketonuria/phenylketonuria, and dehydration are medical conditions that may cause urine to have an abnormal odor. For example, high blood sugar and diabetes may cause urine to have a characteristic "sweet" odor.
Sarah Hudson-DiSalle, PharmD, RPh
Specialty Practice Pharmacist of Outpatient Pharmacy
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University