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A 41-year-old female asked:

could high calcium in the blood and intake of levothyroxine for hypothyroid be cause of strong foul odor in urine? i drink ~3 6oz cups of water a day

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 44 years experience
Unlikely: Neither high calcium nor levo. Will cause foul odor. Most common cause of dark, strong urine is dehydration. You should be drinking minimum of 100 ounces of fluids/day or enough to keep urine color fairly clear, not only to help lower calcium but to prevent kidney stones . Other causes of foul urine are UTI and certain foods and meds. A urinalysis and culture can determine if UTI present.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Malodorous pee: First of all, you need to triple you water intake. I think the smell may be as much from its high concentration then from T3 or hypercalcuria.

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