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Studies: Bad Taste Of Drugs For AIDS, Heart Disease

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April 4, 2000
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Duke University Medical Center
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The innate desire to taste food and derive pleasure from that sensation is so strong that people sometimes stop taking life-saving medication simply because it tastes bad or ruins the flavor of otherwise enjoyable foods, according to Duke psychologists Susan Schiffman and Jennifer Zervakis. In a series of studies analyzing the taste effects of certain medications, Schiffman and her colleagues found that specific drugs used to treat AIDS, heart disease and depression either had a foul taste or significantly distorted the flavor of foods, a finding they say accounts for why some patients fail to take medications as recommended.

DURHAM, N.C. -- The innate desire to taste food and derive pleasure from that sensation is so strong that people sometimes stop taking life-saving medication simply because it tastes bad or ruins the flavor of otherwise enjoyable foods, according to Duke psychologists Susan Schiffman and Jennifer Zervakis. In a series of studies analyzing the taste effects of certain medications, Schiffman and her colleagues found that specific drugs used to treat AIDS, heart disease and depression either had a foul taste or significantly distorted the flavor of foods, a finding they say accounts for why some patients fail to take medications as recommended.


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