10 Common Causes of Smelly Urine

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Foods and Medications

Some foods, medications and vitamin supplements may cause a temporary change in the smell and color of urine. Asparagus may give urine a greenish appearance and an ammonia-like odor. Consuming coffee, beer, garlic or vitamin B-6 supplements may also cause a strong urine odor.

Changes in the smell and color of urine because of consuming foods, medications and vitamin supplements are normally harmless. People shouldn't discontinue medications without consulting their health care provider.1‘Changes in Urine; Symptoms, Causes & Treatment.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15357-urine-changes,3Publishing, Harvard Health. ‘Urine Color and Odor Changes.’ Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/urine-color-and-odor-changes,8‘Smelly Urine.’ Nidirect, 13 Nov. 2019, www.nidirect.gov.uk/conditions/smelly-urine

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