Consumer Alert: FDA Issues Zicam Warning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration says Zicam nasal spray can permanently damage users' sense of smell.

The FDA says consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products immediately. All the over-the-counter products contain zinc. Scientists say that ingredient may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell.

The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using Zicam products since 1999.

Manufacturer Matrixx Initiatives is facing lawsuits over the product, but says on its Web site: "No plaintiff has ever won a court case, because there is no known causal link between the use of Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and impairment of smell."

Calls placed to the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company were not immediately returned.


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  • by george Location: lansing, MI on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Of course the FDAis going to issue a "do not use" for something that does not make them money. Zicam is NOT a drug so the FDA cannot control the patent and collect $$$$. The FDA should be policing their own backyard and get the dangerous drugs off the market such as the statin drugs that are use less and can cause damage. I have used ZICAM for years and my smeller is just fine. And it doesn't upset my stomach!!
  • by Michelle Garringer Location: Kansas on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    i agree- thanks to Zicam Extreme congestion it got RID of my sinus infection in a short one antibiotic course i started at the same time as the Zicam so i didnt have to spend weeks on antibiotics feeling miserable. Guess what i can SMELL and taste just fine!
  • by Lee Location: OH on Jun 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    This is ridiculous. Zicam is very effective. I wonder what Pharma company wants this product banned. Probably keeps down their antibiotic sales when colds turn into sinus infections. Zicam nips colds in the bud before they ever have a chance to become a sinusitis problem.
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