Zicam Cold Remedies Withdrawn Due To Risk Of Loss Of Sense Of Smell

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FDA has issued a warning that zinc-containing cold remedies administered directly into the nose have been associated with anosmia, which is a loss of the sense of smell. This warning is directed at several over-the-counter products marketed by Matrixx Initiatives: Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, and Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs Kids Size, which has been discontinued. FDA is advising people to stop using them.

FDA has received more than 130 reports of anosmia in people using intranasal products that contain zinc. In some cases, the problem occurred with the first dose of the product, and in other cases it began after later doses. The anosmia may be long-lasting or even permanent, while the common cold usually goes away without treatment in seven to ten days.

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