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Can taking an antibiotic cause your urine to smell strong?

Can taking an antibiotic cause your urine to smell strong?

Yes: Antibiotics excreted in the urine frequently give the urine a medicinal odor. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more

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Why does my urine smell like sausage every time I eat it?

Why does my urine smell like sausage every time I eat it?

Spices: Lots of sausage brands have some spices inclusions and those may not be processed by our bodies and penetrate in the urine unprocessed causing your urine to smell like that. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow directions on label
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Take all doses as directed. Don't stop when you feel better.
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Do not take someone else's antibiotic
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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Why does my urine smell like onions and garlic when i didn't eat either one?

Why does my urine smell like onions and garlic when i didn't  eat either one?

Vitamins or meds?: Urine is a byproduct of the kidneys filtration of the blood. It is common for urine that is concentrated to have a stronger odor. Increasing water intake helps with this. However, vitamins and certain medications can also give the urine a stronger odor. ...Read more

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Why does my urine smell like butter?

Could be serious: Many things can cause changes in the smell of urine but have not heard of any described exactly like butter. A sweet smell may well be an indicator of diabetes or potentially serious metabolic disorder. If it is consistent or persists you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Take the exact dose prescribed
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Follow your doctors instructions for how long to take the antibiotic
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Do not take someone else's antibiotics
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Do not take old or expired antibiotics
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Why does my urine smell like cheerios?

Urine test: Please get a urine test. Your doctor can evaluate- i hope your blood sugar level is ok. ...Read more

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Why does my urine smell like metal?

Why does my urine smell like metal?

Check what you ate: Usually it is due to food intake. For instance, asparagus could change smell of urine among other reasons like onion and garlic. Also, some medicines cause urine smell change like penicillin. Explore more the details of your intake. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Take with food
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Always finish the course whether you feel better early or not
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Watch for abdominal pain and diarrhea - call Dr if occurs
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Why does my urine smell like whatever I eat?

Why does my urine smell like whatever I eat?

Normal: It is entirely normal and is the same for every one. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more

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