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Letters Parosmia

Parosmia: treatment, mechanism, and types

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 08 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4739
  1. Christopher Hawkes, honorary professor of neurology
  1. Neuroimmunology Unit, Blizard Institute, London E1 2AT, UK
  1. chrishawkes{at}

Rimmer states that there is no cure for parosmia,1 which is correct, but there are drugs that neurologists and ear, nose, and throat specialists have used for decades. These include sodium valproate (to be avoided in women with childbearing potential), gabapentin, and pregabalin. …

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